Clause 144 - Tainted gifts and their recipients

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:15 pm ar 6 Rhagfyr 2001.

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Photo of Ian Davidson Ian Davidson Labour/Co-operative, Glasgow Pollok 4:15, 6 Rhagfyr 2001

The point that I had hoped to raise in an intervention relates to the price paid and the valuation. I am thinking about Sotheby's, which is particularly appropriate at the moment. On Tuesday, the hon. Member for Beaconsfield advertised Sotheby's. He said:

''A defendant obtains £1 million as the proceeds of crime. On the advice of Sotheby's, he purchases a painting that he believes is worth £1 million.''—[Official Report, Standing Committee B, 4 December 2001; c. 478.]

Was the hon. Gentleman aware that a member of Sotheby's staff currently faces jail over a commission-fixing scandal? Would that affect his view whether—