Clause 781

Company Law Reform Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 4th July 2006.

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Summary proceedings: time limit for proceedings

Question proposed, That the clause stand part ofthe Bill.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Solicitor General, Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Solicitor General

Why, for England, in subsection (1)(a), is the limitation set

“at any time within three years after the commission of the offence,” whereas for Scotland, in subsection (2)(a), it is stated that proceedings

“must not be commenced after the expiration of three years from the commission of the offence”?

Can the Minister confirm that they mean the same thing, and if so, why they have not been drafted in the same way? I thought that the purpose of the Bill was to sort out such things.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

They do not mean the same thing at all; they mean what they say. Again, it is a rather straightforward point.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 781 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 782 to 786 ordered to stand part of the Bill.