Clause 171 - Provision of information by defendant

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:30 pm ar 11 Rhagfyr 2001.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Llafur, Birmingham, Hall Green 12:30, 11 Rhagfyr 2001

The hon. Member for Spelthorne said that an offender may not disclose information about benefits from crime, because he fears that it will indirectly identify a larger element in the terrorist structure. Would that situation be covered by subsection (4) where it refers to ''reasonable excuse''? If a defendant could demonstrate that he was in fear of his life, would that constitute a ''reasonable excuse'' for withholding information?