Clause 69 - Financial reporting orders: making

Part of Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 13 January 2005.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 11:00, 13 January 2005

The idea of enhanced licensing power seems to be one of the more cutting-edge areas of criminal law, the basic idea being to look at the licence conditions for criminals, possibly post-release, or post-conviction and during prison, or after sentencing. As for when any changes will cut in, that is a debate that will come up later in the clause.

The licensing powers in question relate to financial reporting orders. The Opposition support the provisions. It should possible to mould financial reporting orders to fit the circumstances of a case. We also support the basic premise of ending the old arrangement, whereby which criminals could do their time and enjoy their ill-gotten gains once they came out of prison. A well drafted order should be an aid towards that end. However, the process is new and we need to tread carefully, not least given the human rights issues involved and the significant breach of rights to privacy that the orders will necessarily involve. We must ask at what point the infringement of privacy involved in such orders becomes unjustifiable, acknowledging that even where they are justifiable, their length and scope will need to be proportionate to the offence and the risk of reoffending. Unfortunately that important issue is not addressed in the Bill—

It being twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Adjourned till this day at half-past Two o'clock.