External requests, orders and investigations

Criminal Finances Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 17th November 2016.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Clause 20 makes a technical change, consequential to clause 18. Under section 444 of POCA, an Order in Council can be made to set out the procedure for providing assistance to other countries in freezing and confiscating property in the UK that is related to their cases. The Order in Council can create provisions that correspond to those available in our own domestic cases. The clause ensures that any offence created relating to the assault or obstruction of an SFO officer mirrors the one that we are creating domestically under clause 18. I hope the clause stands part of the Bill.

Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Crime and Prevention)

Again, we have heard that these criminals often do not respect borders and maps, so we support the move to extend the provisions to external requests.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 20 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 21