Clause 309 - Obtaining and disposing of property

Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:15 pm ar 10 Ionawr 2002.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Ceidwadwyr, Spelthorne

This is the matter about which I gave notice. Subsection (3) states:

''Where a person's property passes to another under a will or intestacy or by operation of law, it is to be treated as disposed of by him to the other.''

Will the Minister reassure me that the disposal would not mean that the items concerned could not be pursued? If a matter were not pursuable because it passed through a will or intestacy, the temptation to murder would be rather high.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

There is always a temptation to murder, particularly at this time of day. I assure the hon. Gentleman that a will or intestacy does not preclude the property from being pursued and recovered.

Clause 309 ordered to stand part of the Bill.