Clause 98 - Money laundering: miscellaneous amendments

Part of Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 13 January 2005.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 4:45, 13 January 2005

On the latter point, I am grateful to the Minister for clarifying what the clause is intended to achieve. It is undoubtedly necessary and important, and I am grateful to the Government for considering the matter and accepting representations on it from various professions.

My new clause was probably taken with this clause stand part debate because it is the only place that it can be taken, but they do not marry together particularly well. I understand the Minister's point perfectly. It was not my intention to criminalise the solicitor in the circumstances that she described. I was concerned about a situation in which it is known in an office that an employee has decided to make a disclosure the following day about a client, but prior to the disclosure taking place, another person in the office tips off the client. That was the circumstance that interested me and that we could try to catch with my new clause if we so wanted. However, as always, there is a law of unintended consequences with the drafting of all legislation, and it may be that what I proposed is unworkable.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 98 ordered to stand part of the Bill.