Unexplained wealth orders: reporting requirements

Criminal Finances Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:00 pm on 22nd November 2016.

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‘In Chapter 2 of Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, after section 362H insert—

“362HA Unexplained wealth orders: reporting requirements

(1) The Secretary of State must make an annual report to Parliament setting out the number of unexplained wealth orders applied for by enforcement agencies under section 362A of this Act (and by Scottish Ministers under section 396A of this Act) during the previous 12 month period.

(2) The report must also provide information in respect of each unexplained wealth order about—

(a) the value of property subject to the order,

(b) whether the respondent was—

(i) a politically exposed person,

(ii) a person involved in serious crime (whether in a part of the United Kingdom or elsewhere)

(c) whether the order was granted,

(d) the value of the property reclaimed as a result of the order.

(3) For the purposes of this section “enforcement agencies” has the same meaning as in subsection 362A(7).”’—

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to make an annual report to Parliament about the number of unexplained wealth orders made each year.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The Committee divided:

Ayes 7, Noes 9.

Division number 2 Christmas Tree Industry — Unexplained wealth orders: reporting requirements

Aye: 7 MPs

No: 9 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

New Clause 14