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Departmental Legislation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since July 2007. (198309)

The Department has sponsored five Acts that have received Royal Assent during or after July 2007. Four of these have not created any criminal offences:

The Ratings (Empty Properties) Act;

The Greater London Authority Act;

The Planning Gain Supplement (Preparations) Act; and

The Sustainable Communities Act.

Section 130 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health (LGPIH) Act 2007 creates an offence of failing to provide address details when required to do so, or providing a false address, as part of arrangements to allow for a fixed penalty to be paid in lieu of prosecution for byelaw offences.

The LGPIH Act also includes provision in section 194 which whilst not creating criminal offences per se, can be used in regulations to replicate existing offences contained in section 63 of the Local Government Act 2000 relating to improper disclosure of information.