Amendments made: 80, in clause 42, page 43, line 13, after ‘18’, insert ‘to 22, [Enforcement by taking control of goods] and 23’.
114, in clause 42, page 43, line 26, at end insert—
‘( ) An order which includes provision for the commencement of section[Investigations]or Schedule[Proceeds of crime: investigations]may not be made unless the Secretary of State has consulted the Scottish Ministers.’.
115, in clause 42, page 43, line 27, after ‘Sections’, insert ‘[Civil recovery of the proceeds etc of unlawful conduct] (except subsection (6)(a)),’.
116, in clause 42, page 43, line 27, after ‘section’, insert ‘and Part 2 of Schedule [Proceeds of crime: civil recovery of the proceeds etc of unlawful conduct]’.
118, in clause 42, page 44, line 13, leave out ‘or 35’ and insert ‘, 35 or [Deportation on national security grounds: appeals]’.
117, in clause 42, page 44, line 24, at end insert—
‘( ) The power conferred by section 52(2) of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (power to extend to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British overseas territories) is exercisable in relation to any amendment of that Act that is made by or under this Act.’.—(Damian Green.)
On a point of order, Mr Caton. On behalf of Her Majesty’s Opposition, may I thank you and your co-Chair, Ms Dorries, for bearing with us over the past few weeks? I would also like to place on the record my thanks to the Clerks for their help and assistance in tabling the numerous amendments, all of which have bounced off the Government with amazing impact today. I would like to thank colleagues from Hansard for recording our proceedings in detail, as normal, and the Badge Messengers and the police for their assistance.
I also thank the Ministers for what has been, I hope, a good-natured Committee. There have been one or two disagreements, but I hope they have been of a nature where there has been understanding, and which Members can appreciate.
I thank all my hon. Friends, not least the Whip and my colleagues on the Front and Back Benches, for their help and support in, hopefully, holding the Government to account. There was much talk in the last Parliament around the issues of early release. I hope that Government Members particularly will take on board that this is one Labour early release that they are very much in favour of.
Further to that point of order, Mr Caton. It is a privilege, albeit one tinged with emotion and sadness, for me to have this opportunity to thank on behalf of the Government a whole host of people who have contributed to our deliberations.
I start by paying tribute to my Front-Bench colleagues: my right hon. Friend the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice for the deft way in which he has handled the parts of the Bill on which he was leading; and my hon. Friend the Solicitor-General who has also made a substantial contribution. I am also grateful to the right hon. Member for Delyn, and to the hon. Members for Darlington and for Walthamstow, for the rigorous but generous-minded scrutiny that they have afforded the Bill throughout.
I am grateful to the Whips: the hon. Member for Poole, who has skilfully managed to get most Members to the Committee no more than two minutes after the start-point, which was all that was required to ensure a completely clean slate of successes; and of course the hon. Member for Sedgefield.
One gets to know all the other Members of the Committee a little bit better on these occasions. I have come across new pronunciations of “SOCA” and “RIPA” from the Opposition Front-Bench spokesmen. I have been further exposed to the accumulated wisdom of the right hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East; we have benefited from his insights. I am grateful for the support and loyalty to the coalition of my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich South. And the hon. Member for Dover provides us with a whole range of insights too numerous to detail on this occasion, but they were appreciated by everybody.
I thank you, Mr Caton, and I thank Ms Dorries for literally coming out of the jungle to be with us.
I thank the Clerks of the Committee; I thank the Hansard reporters for recording what we meant to say, rather than what we actually said; and finally I thank all of the officials in the numerous Government Departments who have had responsibility for assisting Ministers with this Bill. It may have looked as if Ministers had all the information at their fingertips throughout, but I can reveal that occasionally we required a little bit of assistance to put on this incredibly professional performance, and we are extremely grateful to everybody behind the scenes who has contributed to making this Committee such a success.
Thank you very much again, Mr Caton. We look forward to gathering again on Report for one last turn before—I hope—this Bill becomes law.