Clause 302 - Property obtained through unlawful conduct

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 10 January 2002.

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Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Conservative, Spelthorne 3:45, 10 January 2002

I am grateful to the Minister for his reassurance on the question that I asked. However, I have a mind that looks for a booby trap and his reply prompts a further question. If I were a collector who, in all good faith, purchased an antique that was acquired by a person involved in a crime, I understand that the Minister says, ''That's that,'' and that the antique ceases to be recoverable because I have acquired it, but if the person who sold the antique to me returned and said, ''I desperately want it back; I'll pay you 20 per cent. more than you gave me for it,'' would that person, who sold the proceeds of crime, acquire back property that cannot be gathered in?