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Criminal Offences

Lord Chancellor written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department)

A comprehensive and exhaustive list of new and abolished offences could be provided only at disproportionate cost. We can however provide the following information about the following measures which have been enacted since 1 May 1997.

The Access to Justice Act 1999 created two offences: Misrepresentation in relation to Community Legal Service/Criminal Defence Service and Unauthorised disclosure of personal information supplied for enforcing warrants. The first offence replaces the similar offence in relation to legal aid under the Legal Aid Act 1988.

The European Communities (Lawyer's Practice) Regulations 2000 (SI 1119–2000) created an offence for a European lawyer to practise in England and Wales and Northern Ireland without registering with the relevant competent authority. This was a regulation made by the Lord Chancellor implementing a European directive.

The Land Registration Act 2002 creates two and repeals three. The Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1998 repealed eight offences.

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