Clause 33 - Imposition of civil penalties

Part of Identity Cards Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 27 January 2005.

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Photo of Humfrey Malins Humfrey Malins Shadow Minister, Home Affairs 4:45, 27 January 2005

Briefly, we are on the penalty issue. Amendment No. 226, requiring that the notice be given in writing, is not a good amendment, because I think that the notice will inevitably be given in writing. I do not see how else it could be given. This amendment was drafted too late at night, I am afraid.

Amendment No. 38 is about making provision, either in the Bill or in the mind of the Secretary of State, for the of payment of penalties in instalments, given that probably 90 per cent. of all fines in magistrates courts are paid in instalments. The issue is important, but there is no reference to instalments in the clause. Beyond that amendment I need not go. The Minister may have a fairly brief reply for me on the matters that I raised. I hope that he takes them on board, but I am sure that there will be codes of practice in respect of them. I will have something to say about objections to penalties under clause 34, but I assure the Minister that it will not be very much.