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Clause 32

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 3:45 pm, 8th May 2008

Perhaps an even more serious problem can arise, although my hon. and learned Friend has identified a proper point. Let us consider circumstances in which,  for example, the person is the owner of a garage. He is in possession of a car that is owned by a third party. The third party is entirely innocent, but the garage proprietor suspects that the car will be used in a terrorist offence. The property owned by the innocent third party is subject to forfeiture. If the Minister would be good enough to look at clause 34, he will see that, although there is a right for the innocent third party to make representations, there is no clear guidance as to the criteria that the court should observe when determining whether to make an order that will have a serious effect on the innocent third party.