Clause 314 - Appeals

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 15 January 2002.

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Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath 4:30, 15 January 2002

That obviously means an appeal from the special commissioners. It might be helpful to state that in the Bill for the benefit of those who will read about those new provisions in the Bill. The right of appeal from the special commissioners on a point of law is well known to tax practitioners, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield and me. However, we are introducing new powers, and jurisdiction is being widely extended and is bringing such work into a new field. If that is not stated in the Bill, it will contain a clause headed ''Appeals'' which does not mention appeals from the special commissioners, and the matter would be unclear to those reading it.