Clause 343 - Further provisions: general

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 29 January 2002.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 12:45, 29 January 2002

I fail to see what this has to do with Benjy the Bin, or the behaviour of tabloid editors.

The hon. Gentleman was not present when the Committee debated amendments Nos. 550, 555 and 560. I gave a commitment to look at the interaction between clauses 347, 343 and 350. [Interruption.] Perhaps the conversation that is taking place is informing him about those discussions. They addressed the substantive point in relation to subsection (1) and, as he has no problems with any other part of the clause, I hope that that will satisfy him.

Mr. Hawkins: I apologise to the Minister. As he has surmised, my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield was informing me about that part of the Committee's proceedings.

The Minister gave further publicity to the individual to whom reference was made. I hoped that he would not do that.

With regard to the substantive point that I raised, I am happy that the Minister has said that he will discuss it with his advisers.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 343 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 344 and 345 ordered to stand part of the Bill.