Clause 418 - Meaning of insolvency practitioner

Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:00 pm on 29 January 2002.

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Mr. Ainsworth rose—

Photo of Mr George Foulkes Mr George Foulkes Minister of State, Scottish Office, Minister of State (Scotland Office)

I beg to move amendment No. 600, in page 243, line 29, after 'receiver' insert—

'or the Accountant in Bankruptcy'

Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath

Which Minister is the ventriloquist and which is the dummy?

Photo of Mr George Foulkes Mr George Foulkes Minister of State, Scottish Office, Minister of State (Scotland Office)

I do not think that you are quite as old as me, Mr. Gale, but you may remember Peter Brough and Archie Andrews.

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

I do not remember them, but I have heard of them.

Photo of Mr George Foulkes Mr George Foulkes Minister of State, Scottish Office, Minister of State (Scotland Office)

Hon. Members should find out what Archie Andrews looks like, and then look at the hon. Member for Surrey Heath. They will see a remarkable resemblance.

Clause 418 defines what is meant by the term ''insolvency practitioner''. Subsection (4)(b) makes reference to section 388(5) of the Insolvency Act 1986 and its reference to the official receiver. That subsection of the 1986 Act also refers to the Scottish equivalent of the official receiver, the accountant in bankruptcy, and amendment No. 600 is designed to make that clear.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 418, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 419 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mrs. McGuire.]

Adjourned accordingly at nine minutes past Seven o'clock till Thursday 31 January at quarter-past Nine o'clock.