§ Mr. Alex Carlile
I beg to move amendment No. 7, in page 42, line 40, at end insert'and without regard to any restrictions of forfeiture in an enactment contained in an Act passed before the Criminal Justice Act 1988'.I apologise for the fact that I shall be moving this amendment at not very considerable length. I thank the Minister of State and his advisers for considerable assistance in dealing with this amendment, not least in drafting it.
Clause 68 expands the forfeiture powers of the court. There are other statutory powers of forfeiture, some of which contain restrictions. It would be illogical if clause 68, which is intended to bring forfeiture powers up to date, were fettered by such restrictions. It is on those grounds that I move the amendment.
§ Mr. John Patten
The hon. and learned Gentleman's logic is overwhelming. Any opposition I might have had is totally crushed, and the Government accept the amendment.
§ Amendment agreed to.
Amendment made:No. 242, in page 42, line 46, at end insert—
'(2) At the end of section 12(4) of that Act (which authorises a court, on making a probation order in respect of an offender or discharging an offender, absolutely or conditionally, to order him to pay costs or compensation) there shall be added the words "or to make an order under section 43 below".'.— [Mr. John Patten.]