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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 Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office 4:00 pm, 8th May 2008

If, after the reflection that I have promised, that is the case, we will have a look. Many of these provisions, however, simply replicate, in the same language, the core of what has already been in force since 2000 and which has not, in its language at least, been problematic. The hon. and learned Gentleman will know that issues around asset seizures have been reported in the press in very recent times, but they are more to do with asset freezing than with seizures.

I am very happy, in the spirit that the hon. and learned Gentleman offered his point, to take it away and look at the interaction between the amendments to the 2000 Act. If there are concerns that have been around since 2000 that we have not alighted upon, then I will have a look. I am being very, very clear, as the hon. and learned Gentleman said at the start, that this is not about trying to block, impinge or do anything other than have the most efficacious set of principles to do what we all, collectively, want to do, which is to make sure that the assets of individuals involved in terrorism are duly forfeited.