Clause 14 - Effect of order on court's other powers

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:45 pm ar 22 Tachwedd 2001.

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Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Ceidwadwyr, Surrey Heath 2:45, 22 Tachwedd 2001

The hon. Gentleman may have suggested a good redraft to the Minister. That probably is what it means. That was certainly a summary that I had in my mind when I read it, and I hope that when the Minister replies we shall find that the hon. Gentleman and I are right about that. As a barrister, like me, with some experience of such matters, he will probably agree—whether he is prepared to say so on record is another matter; he may not want to upset his Whip—that it is not the most wonderful piece of drafting ever. He may think that recorders—one of whom he will probably be before long—and judges will wonder why on earth it was phrased in such a confusing, circular way.

I shall not bore the Committee by going on a great length. I have made the point, which is probing, and I hope that the Minister will tell us not only what the provision is about but that he is prepared to take it away and consider whether it could be redrafted.