Clause 349 - Statements

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 5:45 pm ar 29 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 5:45, 29 Ionawr 2002

I think that I made it clear that I do not. I would find it unacceptable if statements made under coercive powers were usable in other circumstances—without the defendant having effectively contradicted the statement that he made under the disclosure order powers. However, the hon. Gentleman, Liberty and I all making the same argument. We are effectively saying that a person can be obliged to make such a statement and then go to court and completely contradict it, yet still the statement cannot be used to expose that fact. In those circumstances, that would not be a great injustice.