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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

It is not an adequate safeguard to say that a person who finds that their property has been confiscated by the court because it happens to have been under the control of a terrorist on the date of conviction should have to rely on article 6 of the ECHR to assert their right to recover it. They might well be able to do so, but in legislation of this kind, I would ordinarily expect the Government to make provision for that individual to make representations. I was heavily involved, sitting in this room at one stage, with scrutinising the Proceeds of Crime Bill, which made exactly that sort of provision. I wonder if this is not simply an omission that can be corrected by the Government before Report stage.