Clause 13 - Interest on unpaid sums

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:30 pm ar 22 Tachwedd 2001.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 2:30, 22 Tachwedd 2001

If the hon. Gentleman is determined to be confused, he will be.

Clause 13 makes it clear that interest is payable on unpaid sums. Clause 24 allows for the available amount to be revisited. If the defendant feels that he can challenge the available amount that has been decided, he should be given the opportunity to do that. If, as a result of revisiting the available amount, it is discovered that it is far lower than that which was originally imposed, any interest that has been attached to the original available amount must be taken into account in the re-evaluation. I do not find that confusing, and I am unsure why the hon. Gentleman does.