§ Mr. Weetch
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received seeking legislation to extend to fraud offences the provisions in the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986 in so far as they relate to the confiscation of illicit proceeds; what was his response; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mellor
A general welcome was received for the proposal in our White Paper "Criminal Justice—Plans for Legislation" (Cmnd. 9658) for extending to other serious and profitable offences, including fraud, the power to make restraint and confiscation orders. This proposal would be given effect by part IV of the Criminal Justice Bill.