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 Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality) 4:45, 27 January 2005

I shall deal very quickly with amendment No. 38, which, as I understand it, is the only amendment that the hon. Gentleman spoke to substantively. I give him the reassurance that, although it does not say in the Bill that payment of a penalty may be made in instalments, when the time comes to design the detail of the scheme, we will   consider making arrangements for penalties to be dealt with in such a way. The important thing is that clause 33(3)(d) does not preclude payment by instalment. I do not think it necessary additionally to refer expressly to instalments in the clause, but I give the undertaking that it is almost certain that there will be provision to allow them.