HC Deb 15 March 2000 vol 346 c452

1.—(1) Where an order has been made under this paragraph in relation to a terrorist investigation, a constable named in the order may require a financial institution to provide customer information for the purposes of the investigation.

(2) The information shall be provided—

  1. (a) in such manner and within such time as the constable may specify, and
  2. (b) notwithstanding any restriction on the disclosure of information imposed by statute or otherwise.

(3) An institution which fails to comply with a requirement under this paragraph shall be guilty of an offence.

(4) It is a defence for an institution charged with an offence under sub-paragraph (3) to prove—

  1. (a) that the information required was not in the institution's possession, or
  2. (b) that it was not reasonably practicable for the institution to comply with the requirement.

(5) An institution guilty of an offence under this sub-paragraph (3) shall be liable to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

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