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Criminal Offences

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department since April 2005, broken down by Act. (76911)

The information requested is as follows:


No legislation introduced by my Department received Royal Assent.




Consumer Credit Act


Penalty for false information.

In addition to the new offence created under Section 51 (1), it is an offence under Section 39 (1) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 for any person to engage in activities for which a licence is required under the Act when he does not have a licence covering those activities and the 2006 Act makes debt administration and the provision of credit information services new licensable activities. Hence, the ambit of Section 39 (1) is extended.

Equality Act


Unlawful disclosure of information.


Failure, without reasonable to excuse, to comply with an order under subsection (6).


Knowingly recklessly making a false statement of the kind mentioned in subsection (4)(a).


Knowingly or recklessly making a false statement, in connection with assistance sought from another, that a proposed act is not unlawful.

Schedule 2, paragraph 13

Without reasonable excuse, (a) fails to comply with a notice under paragraph 9 or an order under paragraph 12 (2), (b) falsifies anything provided or produced in accordance with a notice under paragraph 9 or an order under paragraph 12 (2), or (c) makes a false statement in giving oral evidence in accordance with a notice under paragraph 9.