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Criminal Offences

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list, broken down by Act, the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by the Lord Chancellor's Department since 1997. [110989]

An exhaustive list of new offences could be provided only at disproportionate cost. I can however provide the following information about new offences enacted since 1 May 1997.The Access to Justice Act 1999 created two offences: misrepresentation in relation to the Community Legal Service/Criminal Defence Service, and unauthorised disclosure of personal information supplied for enforcing warrants. The first offence replaces the similar offences in relation to legal aid under the Legal Aid Act 1988.The European Communities (Lawyer's Practice) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/1119) created an offence for a European lawyer to practice in England and Wales and Northern Ireland without registering with the relevant competent authority. This was a regulation made by the Lord Chancellor implementing a European directive.The Land Registration Act 2002 creates two new offences, of suppression of information and improper alteration of the registers.