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Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Schedule 3 (18 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: Exactly; my hon. Friend prompts me well. The owner of the property may think that ''interim administrator'' is a euphemism for burglar. It would be wise not only for the protection of the rights of an individual to his property, which all on this side of the argument support, but for the health and the safety of the interim administrator if he had the protection and authority of the court...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Schedule 3 (18 Dec 2001)

Boris Johnson: Will the court order apply to the specific premises involved? If such a bold interim administrator were to turn up at some premises without clear identification of the premises as a target of the operation to relieve a gangster of his property, not only injustice but, as I said, prejudice to the health and safety of that interim administrator might result. Will it be spelt out in the court...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 288 - Searches (8 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: Will the Minister help me with one point that I cannot understand? I am sure that there is an easy answer, but I cannot see it. If a constable in a suspected criminal's house sees a pint pot on the mantelpiece full of £5 notes, how can the constable demonstrate that the money might be used for criminal purposes? How is it envisaged that one could show that the cash was intended for the...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 294 - Detention of seized cash (10 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I am sorry to trouble the Minister. A sudden thought has flashed into my head that could save a great deal of money. Perhaps we have inadvertently stumbled across a brilliant way of economising. If it is possible for a constable not only to seize the cash but to hold on to it for two years, what is the purpose of the Assets Recovery Agency?

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 300 - Compensation (10 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I hesitate to intervene on the Minister. I am at a loss to understand what either hobbits or my hairstyle have to do with the important amendments under discussion. If someone could explain that to me, I should be most grateful.

Orders of the Day — Office of Communications Bill [Lords] (14 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I thought that I was not going to have to declare an interest in this debate—as I am merely the editor of an "old-technology" magazine—until I looked at the awesome powers to be assumed by this Ofcom that will apply to The Spectator online, which I also edit. I do not necessarily resent the wide powers that are to be taken. If this body is to take over five separate regulatory bodies,...

Orders of the Day — Office of Communications Bill [Lords] (14 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. I merely draw it to the House's attention that there are national Christian radio stations in Argentina, New Zealand and even Iraq, I am told. If we are moving to a new era of broad-band radio— the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Mr. Wyatt) made a good point about electric light and how people did not know how much would be needed—it is...

Landfill (15 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I am glad to be able to hold this debate in Westminster Hall. I have applied for it many times. My purpose is to ensure the preservation of a tax credit scheme that has been responsible for improving the lives of people in my constituency in south Oxfordshire in all sorts of unexpected and unsuspected ways and has acted with great sensitivity to local needs and interests. I see that the...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 311 - Director's general Revenue functions (15 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to the elf—or the orc, or however the Minister styles himself. There is an elementary difference between the words ''criminal'' and ''unlawful''. ''Unlawful'' is surely synonymous with illegal. It is possible to imagine something that is illegal but not criminal. I am not a lawyer, but you guys are meant to be able to work out that sort of thing.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: The Minister cannot have it both ways. I do not see why the elementary clarification cannot be made. He has been unnecessarily tough on my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield, who has made a point that is to do with both the drafting and the substance of the clause. Why can we not insert ''knowingly''? Why can the clause not say, ''knows or has reasonable grounds to suspect,'' especially...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield made the good point—it has yet to be addressed by the Committee—that suspicion is not a good test. It is hard to prove that someone has suspected a person. If I were an accountant, I might have a client whose bona fides I have no reason to doubt. He asks me to do something with a large sum of money. The momentary suspicion that it is a bit fishy...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I wonder whether the Minister seriously means that. How can an accountant have a professional relationship with his client if he goes around sneaking—

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: Yes, sneaking. They are a bunch of sneaks over there on the Government Benches. How can that relationship be possible if the accountant is sneaking to all and sundry about his private transactions with his clients? It is odd that the Minister should support the hon. Gentleman's view.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I hesitate to try to improve on anything that was said—I could not really improve on it. I speak only because the hon. Gentleman persists in ignoratio elenchi and failing to understand the point that is put to him. It is clear that learned and distinguished counsel at Matrix chambers believe that there are human rights points to defend, over which, once again, the hon. Gentleman is prepared...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I did not intend to speak, but I will because I have been so moved by the hon. Gentleman's remarks. His fascinating speech lasted about 40 minutes. It would have been listened to with great attention in Nigeria and elsewhere that he told us a lot about. He accused Conservative Members of being flippant and unbalanced in their presentation of views. He was being flippant in another direction...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I take that point very humbly and sincerely; indeed, that is the point that I was making. It is a tragedy that drug dealing goes on in such cities. The hon. Member for Glasgow, Pollok errs in having us believe that everyone is as guilty as some of his constituents are. He would have us believe that every tanning studio or parlour is a drug-ridden place and that everyone who is found with...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: That is the very point to which I was coming. Of course it is not too much to expect someone who genuinely has the fully formed idea that money is tainted or criminally obtained to disclose it. The amendment would ensure that we do not capture those who are innocent under the Bill. All that I wish to suggest is that there are reputable accountants, solicitors and lawyers in Pollok, just as...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: It has been the central contention of Opposition Members throughout the day that the amendment would strengthen the Bill, as it would make it more effective and more likely to catch the truly pernicious influences in constituencies such as Glasgow, Pollok—and, indeed, in my constituency, which in many ways is not that different from Pollok.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: It would make it less easy for highly paid lawyers to get clients off the hook, and it would make the Bill more transparent, as it would be evident beyond peradventure that you cannot be done for money laundering unless you know that the money that you are concealing, disguising, converting or transferring is criminal property. The amendment would serve that purpose well.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 321 - Concealing etc (17 Jan 2002)

Boris Johnson: I do not believe that anybody on the Committee would want to approve legislation that caught innocent people and sent the wrong people to prison. I sincerely accept that previous legislation may not have been as successful as it might have been. However, that does not justify our pushing through legislation that is badly drafted, and it would be a great irresponsibility to do so. It is...


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