Clause 252 - Functions of interim receiver

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 13 December 2001.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 4:15, 13 December 2001

The position does not satisfy the hon. Member for Beaconsfield to the degree that he thought it would. In respect of properties that are involved in the case itself, obviously there are compensation procedures. They are provided for under clause 282 and are widely drawn. They give the court the discretion to allow compensation for any loss caused. The case to which the hon. Gentleman refers is

when neither the property nor the property owner should have been drawn in, but were drawn in by accident, through the activities of an interim receiver who behaved negligently. Under those circumstances, the case must be against the receiver himself, not for the sort of compensation provided under clause 282. That may appear a little harsh, but I am not sure that it is different from what happens to many people in similar circumstances.