Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 20th January 2005.
'(1) A person (''person A'') commits an offence under this section if by acting in accordance with subsection (2) he causes financial damage to another person (''person B''), with the purpose of representing to person B, or persuading person B—
(i) that he should not do something that he is legally entitled to do; or
(ii) that he should do something that he is not under any legal obligation to do.
(2) A person acts in accordance with this subsection if those actions—
(a) involve the harassment of or violence against person B or a connected person, or
(b) involve damage to property of person B or a connected person.
(3) A connected person, for the purposes of subsection (2) above, means—
(a) a customer of person B;
(b) a shareholder of person B;
(c) an employee of person B;
(d) a director of person B;
(e) where person B is a partnership, its partners;
(f) a supplier of goods or services to person B;
(g) a supplier of goods or services to persons within paragraph (f) above;
(h) an individual normally residing with any individual falling within paragraphs (a) to (g) above.
(4) A constable may arrest without warrant anyone whom he reasonably suspects to be committing an offence within subsection (1) above.
(5) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—
(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to a fine, or to both.'.—[Mr. Clifton-Brown]
Brought up, and read the First time.
Motion made, and Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—
The Committee divided: Ayes 3, Noes 9.