Clause 170 - Delivery of seized property

Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 16th January 2003.

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Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Criminal Justice System IT) 3:00 pm, 16th January 2003

I beg to move amendment No. 174, in

clause 170, page 90, line 31, at end insert—

'(7A) Subsection (2) applies to Scotland with the substitution of ''procurator fiscal'' for ''constable''.'.

This is a technical amendment. The Bill reflects the procedure in England and Wales that enables a police constable to hand over certain items, but it does not reflect the practice in Scotland, where procurators fiscal are responsible for such matters. The amendment remedies that anomaly.

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

We have no difficulty with the amendment, which seems perfectly sensible. The Law Society of Scotland raised one or two related issues, which I touched on in previous debates, and we shall come later to another of its suggestions. However, we certainly want the legislation to work effectively north of the border, and I have no doubt that with this amendment it will do so, so we have nothing to say in opposition to the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 170, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.