Schedule 11

Serious Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 10 July 2007.

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Powers to recover cash: financial investigators

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

I beg to move amendment No. 239, in schedule 11, page 115, line 27, at end insert—

‘ (1) Section 302A (powers for prosecutors to appear in proceedings) (as inserted by section (Powers for prosecutors to appear in cash recovery proceedings)(1) above) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)—

(a) after “constable”, in the first place where it appears, insert “or an accredited financial investigator”; and

(b) after “constable”, in the second place where it appears, insert “or (as the case may be) an accredited financial investigator”.

(3) After subsection (3) insert—

“(4) The references in subsection (1) to an accredited financial investigator do not include an accredited financial investigator who is an officer of Revenue and Customs but the references in subsection (2) to an officer of Revenue and Customs do include an accredited financial investigator who is an officer of Revenue and Customs.”’.

Photo of Joe Benton Joe Benton Labour, Bootle

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Government new clause 17—Powers for prosecutors to appear in cash recovery proceedings.

Government amendment No. 240.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

These are relatively minor and technical amendments.

Amendment agreed to.

Schedule 11, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 74 to 76 ordered to stand part of the Bill.