Clause 198

Legal Services Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 pm on 26th June 2007.

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Offences committed by bodies corporate and unincorporated bodies

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Attorney General, Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

I have one question for the Minister, and I will be happy if she gives the answer in writing at the earliest practical date. The clause sets out the offences that can be committed by corporate bodies and unincorporated bodies. I always like to do an offence-watch exercise on each piece of legislation, and I wonder whether we can be told, possibly by letter, how many new offences will be created as a result of the, and how many current offences will be repealed. That will enable us to see the balance of criminality that we are left with as a result of the Bill.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

I am happy to provide the Committee with that information at a later date.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 198 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 199 to 207 ordered to stand part of the Bill.