Clause 332 - Judges

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 29 January 2002.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 10:45, 29 January 2002

I am grateful to the Minister for that response, but I am somewhat mystified by his objection to the amendment. It would not in any way preclude the rules of court enabling the applications to be made ex parte. The hon. Gentleman may wish to raise the matter with his advisers, and I defer to him, and to them, with regard to it.

The important thing is the intention to bring those other people in, because that would be beneficial. I would be content if that could be achieved by employing a form of words different from those in my amendment. However, I do not understand why my form of words should have the unintended consequence that has been suggested, and I ask the Minister and his advisers to reconsider whether that would be the case.

I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 332 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 333 and 334 ordered to stand part of the Bill.