Clause 346 - Disclosure orders

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:30 pm ar 29 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 4:30, 29 Ionawr 2002

I beg to move amendment No. 558, in page 201, line 8, leave out 'or at once'.

The amendment, which, like the previous group, relates to disclosure orders, would affect subsection (4), which says:

A disclosure order is an order authorising the Director to give to any person the Director considers has relevant information notice in writing requiring him to do, with respect to any matter relevant to the investigation for the purposes of which the order is sought, any or all of the following—

(a) answer questions, either at a time specified in the notice or at once, at a place so specified.

The Minister will see that my amendment would delete the words ''or at once''. [Interruption.] I am glad that the Minister can confirm that. As with so many things, I was trying to put my amendment in context.

I wonder whether those words are not a little over the top. I should be grateful to learn why it is felt necessary to include them, especially as there is a right of appeal to the court. It is difficult for someone to use

that if he is told that if he does not do something at once, he is guilty of a criminal offence.