Clause 331 - Offences of prejudicing investigation

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:30 am ar 29 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 10:30, 29 Ionawr 2002

I shall keep my remarks brief. We have a marathon sitting to get through, even though the finishing post has been moved to 6 pm. I am grateful to the Minister and the Government Whip for the way in which we have made such adjustments as time has required.

We are now dealing with investigations under part 8. Clause 331 is about offences of prejudicing investigation, and subsection (1) states:

''This section applies if a person knows or suspects that an appropriate officer or . . . a proper person is acting . . . in connection with a confiscation investigation, a civil recovery investigation or a money laundering investigation which is being or is about to be conducted.''

Mr. Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): The hon. Gentleman has just mentioned a civil recovery investigation. Given that that would have to be an investigation into unlawful conduct, not criminal conduct, would there not be a problem with definitions?