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New Clause 2 - Regulations about related offence

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:00 am on 24th October 2012.

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‘(1) The appropriate authority may by regulations provide for the creation of an offence that may be committed by a person by refusing or failing to provide any information or document when required to do so by or under regulations under section [Regulations about powers to require information in connection with housing fraud].

(2) Regulations under this section—

(a) must provide for an offence under the regulations to be triable only summarily;

(b) may not provide for such an offence to be punishable with a fine exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(3) Regulations under this section—

(a) may provide, in a case where a person is convicted of an offence under the regulations and the act or omission constituting the offence continues after the conviction, for the person to be guilty of a further offence and liable on summary conviction to a daily fine;

(b) may not provide for the daily fine to exceed £40.

(4) The appropriate authority may by regulations make provision—

(a) about defences to an offence under regulations under this section;

(b) about the commission by a body corporate of such an offence;

(c) about the conduct of proceedings for such an offence;

(d) about the time limits for bringing such proceedings;

(e) about the determination of issues arising in such proceedings;

(f) about other matters of procedure and evidence in relation to such an offence.’.—(Richard Harrington.)

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.