HC Deb 02 February 1995 vol 253 cc806-7W
Sir Ivan Lawrence

To ask the Secretary of state for the Home Department, when he expects to implement the remaining confiscation provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 1993.

Mr. Howard

The Drug Trafficking Act 1994, which enters into force tomorrow, implements and consolidates the following drug trafficking confiscation provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1993: sections 7 to 15, 24(1) to (11), section 25 and consequential amendments in schedule 5. These include new powers to obtain a revaluation of the defendant's proceeds of drug trafficking within six years of conviction and to confiscate the proceeds of drug traffickers who abscond or who die after conviction.

The following confiscation provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 are also being brought into force tomorrow by means of Commencement Order No 8: sections 24(12) to (15), 27, 28 and 36 to 43, together with related provisions in schedules 5 and 6. The provisions mainly amend the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1991, which provides for the confiscation of the proceeds of terrorist related activity in Northern Ireland.

With these measures the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 1993, except part I of that Act, is complete. A further announcement about the implementation of part I will be made in due course.