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The Serious Fraud Office

Volume 113: debated on Tuesday 31 March 1987

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I beg to move amendment No. I, in: page 2, line 8, at end insert

'for England and Wales and Northern Ireland'.

It will be convenient to discuss at the same time the following Government amendments: Nos. 6, 7, 4, 8 to 12, 20, 21, 23, 26 to 29, 34, 81, 83 to 85, 87 to 90, 93.

Almost all these amendments have been put down in response to points raised in Committee, mostly by the official Opposition.

In Committee the Government responded most constructively to a considerable number of points that were made by Government Back Benchers and particularly by Opposition Members. We are grateful for that constructive approach, which was a good example of a Standing Committee doing the work which Parliament wishes Standing Committees to do. It is with considerable pleasure therefore that we see so many of the points which we made now enshrined in these amendments. We are happy to give them a fair wind through the House tonight.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 2, in page 2, line 13, leave out

'carry out in conjunction with the police investigations into'

and insert 'investigate'.

No. 3, in page 2, line 15, at end insert—

'(3A) The Director may, if he thinks fit, conduct any such investigation in conjunction either with the police or with any other person who is, in the opinion of the Director, a proper person to be concerned in it'.

No. 5, in page 2, line 22, leave out 'this section' and insert 'subsection (4) above'.

No. 6, in page 2, line 23, leave out 'a barrister or solicitor' and insert—

  • '(a) a barrister in England and Wales or Nothern Ireland;
  • (b) a solicitor of the Supreme Court; or
  • (c) a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland'.
  • No. 7, in page 2, line 29, after 'designated', insert

    'who is a barrister in England and Wales or a solicitor of the Supreme Court'.

    No. 4, in page 2, line 31, after 'Crown Court', insert 'in England and Wales'.

    No. 8, in page 2, line 37, after 'designated', insert

    'who are barristers in England and Wales or solicitors of the Supreme Court'.

    No. 9, in page 2, line 38 after 'Crown Court', insert 'in England and Wales'.

    No. 10, in page 2, line 39 [Clause 1], at end insert—

    '(10A) Any member so designated who is a barrister in Northern Ireland or a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland shall have—
  • (a) in any court the rights of audience enjoyed by solicitors of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland and in the Crown Court in Northern Ireland, such additional rights of sudience as may be given by virtue of subsection (10C) below; and
  • (b) in the Crown Court in Northern Ireland, the rights of audience enjoyed by barristers employed by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.
  • (10B) Subject to subsection (10C) below, the reference in subsection (10A)(a) to rights of audience enjoyed by solicitors of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland is a reference to such rights enjoyed in the Crown Court in Northern Ireland as restricted by any direction given by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland under section 50 of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978.
    (10C) For the purpose of giving any member so designated who is a barrister in Northern Ireland or a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland additional rights of audience in the Crown Court in Northern Ireland, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland may direct that any direction given by him under the said section 50 shall not apply to such members.'.

    No. 11, in page 2, line 42, leave out from 'proceedings' to end of line 44 and insert

    'include references to the proceedings being discontinued and to the taking of any steps (including the bringing of appeals and making of representations in respect of applications for bail) which may be taken in relation to them.'.

    No. 12, in page 2, line 44, at end insert—

    '(13) In the application of this section (including that Schedule) to Northern Ireland references to the Attorney General are to be construed as references to him in his capacity as Attorney General for Northern Ireland.'.—[Mr. Douglas Hogg.]