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Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 13th May 2008.

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Forfeiture: consequential amendments

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

I beg to move amendment No. 140, in schedule 3, page 72, line 18, at end insert—

‘(c) in relation to a restraint order, any offence specified in Schedule 2 to the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 (offences where terrorist connection to be considered).’.

Photo of Edward O'Hara Edward O'Hara Labour, Knowsley South

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment No. 141.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

Again, these are tidying-up amendments that look at a range of consequential impacts on other legislation and tidy the relationship between various bits of legislation. Amendment No. 140 does that for UK legislation and Amendment No. 141 inserts the same change for Scotland. Essentially, we add to the offences listed in schedule 2 the relevant offences in respect of which a restraint order could be made. That is necessary because schedule 2 offences are determined to have a terrorist connection—and thus allow the forfeiture powers in new section 23A to have effect—only at the end of proceedings, whereas a restraint order might need to be issued before proceedings begin in order to prevent the disposal of assets. I commend the amendments to the Committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 141, in schedule 3, page 73, line 1, at end insert—

‘(c) in relation to a restraint order, any offence specified in Schedule 2 to the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 (offences where terrorist connection to be considered).’.—[Mr. McNulty.]

Schedule 3, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 38 ordered to stand part of the Bill.