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Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 15 - Postponement (22 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: At the risk of trying the Minister's patience, I should like him to clarify something.. I may have misunderstood clause 15 and its timing of postponements for permitted periods. Is there any point at which the action to recover the proceeds may not go ahead? As I understand it, such proceedings could continue after the permitted period and, in exceptional circumstances, sine die. When will it...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 17 - Statement of information (22 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I feel obliged to intervene under the knout of my hon. Friend. The adjective should be struck out because it is wholly otiose. It is easy to see why. The seriousness or otherwise of the risk bears no relation whatever to the scale of the injustice that might eventuate. A trivial risk of injustice might produce a great injustice and vice versa. That is why it is immaterial to the clause. I...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 20 - No order made: reconsideration of case (27 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: It seems to me that the words ``in connection with'' are superfluous. In the Minister's example of a trafficker who is rewarded, and who plainly receives his reward as a result of engaging in that criminal activity, it would be impossible for a lawyer to argue otherwise. My only suspicion is that the words ``in connection with'' are intended to widen the definition to draw in proceeds that...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 20 - No order made: reconsideration of case (27 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: What if the culprit used his granny's car to engage in not just criminal activity but lawful activity by which he obtained property in connection with his particular criminal conduct? If I understand the clause correctly, that property would be forfeit, or liable for confiscation.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 20 - No order made: reconsideration of case (27 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: The Minister slightly misunderstands me. The issue is not how the criminal obtained the car, but property obtained with the car that may be connected with criminal conduct. As I understand it, such property would be connected with his criminal conduct. If he were engaged in drug trafficking or whatever, that property, too, would be connected with criminal conduct, and would be forfeit.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 20 - No order made: reconsideration of case (27 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: Logically, the insertion of that phrase must cause a widening—otherwise, it would be impossible to make sense of it. If there is any causal connection between a villain's ownership of property and his criminal conduct, that will be entirely captured by the phrase ``as a result of''. There is no need to insert the phrase ``or in connection with'' unless the intention is to widen the...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 20 - No order made: reconsideration of case (27 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: It occurs to me as a complete non-lawyer that apart from the question of the potential oppressiveness for the miscreant, in so far as his property may or may not have been innocently acquired, and the delay of six years in reconsidering his case, the clause also creates a risk that undermines the very purpose of the Bill as endlessly set out by Labour Members. If we give the director, the...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 20 - No order made: reconsideration of case (27 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: None the less, the effect will be to allow the director and the Assets Recovery Agency to hang fire in the hope that new evidence will come to light. I am not convinced that the six-year period will encourage them to be as dynamic as they might otherwise be. I am sure that Labour Members, who will want to recover every penny that they possibly can, will want to close that loophole.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 49 - Powers (29 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I just want to say how vehemently I agree with my hon. Friends, and to add a layman's point of view. During our discussion of the restraint orders, appeal process and so on, one question has formed in my mind, which I would be grateful if the Minister would answer. I can understand the logic of freezing the potential villain's assets, because although he has not been convicted of anything, we...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 69 - Powers of court and receiver (29 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I must, of course, set the Committee's mind to rest. If, in the unhappy event of my being convicted of a crime, the director were to seize The Spectator, that would to some extent prove the point that Opposition Members have been making. Although The Spectator may be connected with me and my conduct, it is in no sense my property. It is the property of Conrad Black, so selling it would be a...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Vehicle Excise Duty (4 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons (a) a claimant who applies after his 65th birthday is not exempt from vehicle excise duty and (b) a claimant who claims before his 65th birthday continues to receive an exemption afterwards; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 75 - Criminal lifestyle (4 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: The Minister assures us that the Government do not intend to bring summary offences within the scope of the Bill, but how can he reassure us that that will not be the intention of future Home Secretaries, who might be less benign than the present incumbent? When the Bill is on the statute book, will it be possible to fetter the Home Secretary in the way that my hon. Friend the Member for...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 75 - Criminal lifestyle (4 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: That shows how grave a risk the Bill causes of misapprehension by the courts of people who are guilty of nothing except appearing on a programme and legitimately claiming £1,000. A future Secretary of State might well outlaw such an activity—or, indeed, anything else. That shows how grossly widely the Bill is drawn, and how inimical it is to the interests of innocent people. I want to...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 94 - Making of order (6 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: I want to follow up what my hon. Friend the Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Field) said, and in particular his phrase ''the two sovereign Parliaments''. I am perplexed by the question of which Parliament is meant to be sovereign. We are told that under the Sewel motion, Ministers in Westminster are making law for the Scots on their behalf, and are changing the word ''may'' to...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 94 - Making of order (6 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that clear elucidation of what I was trying to say. The hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland, with one thrust, detonated and exploded the weakness in the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 94 - Making of order (6 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: I speak for many people on this subject, and I take it unkindly that the hon. Member for Glasgow, Pollok continually casts aspersions on our toughness on crime. We are interested in justice, constitutional propriety and common sense. It is obvious that today's debate about the Sewel motion does not make sense. We will amend the Bill on behalf of the Scots, but if they so choose, they can...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 94 - Making of order (6 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: In the happy event of the Westminster Parliament restoring the discretionary position, the hon. Gentleman would want a discretionary regime in Scotland, too. Given the appetite for a discretionary regime in Scotland that was substantiated by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland, the Scottish Parliament may in future want to vary the legislation. There would then be a ridiculous game of...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 94 - Making of order (6 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: I am slightly dismayed that the hon. Gentleman has resiled from his argument and admitted defeat so readily. We are discussing an important constitutional ambiguity, and I would be grateful if the Minister would focus his laser-like brain on that, and tell the Committee where authority ultimately resides.


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