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 Mr Richard Allan Mr Richard Allan Shadow Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, Cabinet Office, Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) 4:45, 27 January 2005

The amendments are welcome in terms of including challenges on the grounds of ''reasonableness'' in the objections procedure. I hope that the Minister can clarity amendment No. 189 and the proceedings for recovery of a penalty. I assume that once the objections and appeals procedures have been exhausted, we will be in a court situation. The courts will not consider ''reasonableness'', as amendment No. 189 suggests, because it will have been considered in the objections and the appeals procedures. What will such a court case look like such that it will not consider those grounds?

It would be helpful to understand what we mean by proceedings for recovery of a penalty that will not examine anything. The proceedings will simply involve saying, ''You owe us the money. Pay up''. How will that work in practice as far as the individual is concerned? What will happen if they do not pay? We are always interested it that as a back-stop position.