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

The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I decided to highlight the first use of the phrase so that we could discuss the subject, as has been my practice in the past in Committee. Will the Minister explain why that phrase is needed? He could also say whether there is an origin for that power, or whether the words ''at once'' are novel among such orders. That would help the Committee to consider whether there is a precedent. I am fully aware of how useful disclosure orders can be, but I find it difficult to find a justification for saying, ''Answer this now.'' I would normally expect someone at least to have the opportunity of getting legal advice, which often rapidly leads to responses to previously unanswered questions.