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Departmental Legislation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since May 1997. (198295)

Legislative provisions creating criminal offences are sometimes amended or repealed and re-enacted in modified form, to reflect changes in the law, or to restate the law more conveniently, without significantly altering the underlying legal rule. There are examples of this in legislation passed since May 1997 for which the Home Office retains responsibility, but no examples have been found of criminal offences which have been completely abolished.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since July 2007. (198315)

New criminal offences were created in the following provisions of primary legislation sponsored by the Home Office since July 2007:

UK Borders Act 2007

Absconding from detention (section 3)

Assaulting an immigration officer (section 22)

Wrongful disclosure (section 42)

Serious Crime Act 2007

Failing to comply with serious crime prevention order (section 25)

Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence (section 44)

Encouraging or assisting an offence believing it will be committed (section 45)

Encouraging or assisting offences believing one or more will be committed (section 46)

Offences in relation to disclosures of information (section 69)

Supplementary provision in relation to new powers (section 81)