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Clause 32

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 4:00 pm, 8th May 2008

My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham has a perfectly valid point. The architecture, as set out in proposed new section 23B on forfeiture, clearly envisages the forfeiture of property in the possession or control of the individual at the time of conviction. The individual is the person who has committed the offence. That does not provide for an individual to make representations to the court that the property that has been used in the course of terrorism is his and has been used in circumstances about which he had no idea or reasonable call to suspect were happening. It may be that the Minister can provide reassurance that a  safeguard exists elsewhere in the Bill, in statute or in court rules. I think that my right hon. and learned Friend makes a perfectly good point.