HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 cc1198-9W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the statutory instruments issued by his Department in the last 12 months, indicating(a) the purpose of each and (b) the cost of each to (i) public funds, (ii) businesses and (iii) individuals. [36230]

Jane Kennedy

The information requested is as follows:Statutory instrument—The Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) 2001

Purpose This amends Part IV of the Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI9) ("the 1996 Order"). The Order provides additional investigation powers to cover investigations into the extent or whereabouts or property held or transferred within the previous six years by or to a person who has benefited from conduct of a criminal nature. The Order also allows senior customs officers to apply for a financial investigator to be appointed and other powers to assist in the recovery of the proceeds of crime. The Order also extends a power to require information regarding money laundering and a power to require a solicitor to provide information as to whether a specified person was a client of his in respect of certain matters and about the nature of any transaction relating to them. The Order also extends the time limit for bringing summary proceedings for offences.

Costs There will be a neutral impact on any public expenditure incurred on implementing the proposals, as they will be met within existing resources. It is anticipated that these proposals will result in additional revenue from the confiscation of the proceeds of crime. There will be a small impact on businesses, particularly solicitors. It is anticipated that no more than eight man hours would be required to meet an individual request from a financial investigator at £15 to £20 per hour, this suggests a maximum of £160 per request. As to the number of requests that are likely to be made on solicitors for information in a similar regime which already exists regarding banks 20 such requests have been made since 1998. There will be no financial impact on individuals.

Statutory Instrument—The Police (Northern Ireland) Order 2001

Purpose The Order amends two provisions of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000. Section 41, which deals with trainees, is amended so that, before the Northern Ireland Policing Board is established, references to the Board are to he construed as references to the Police Authority for Northern Ireland. Section 76 is amended so that draft orders under section 47(3) (renewal of temporary provisions on recruitment) and 54 (emblems and flags) are subject to the affirmative resolution procedure rather than the procedure provided for in section 6 of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946. The Order also amends the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 to include police trainees and police reserve trainees in the provision which exempts police officers from the need for a firearm certificate.

Costs No costs to either public funds, businesses or individuals.

Statutory Instrument—The Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2001

Purpose This Order repeals the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988. It replaces the arrangements under that Order for paying compensation for criminal injuries. The key features of the new arrangements are:

Organisation Subject consulted on Date consulted
Childline Proposed Draft Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order June 2001
Children's Law Centre Proposed Draft Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order June 2001
Putting Children First Proposed Draft Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order June 2001
Youth Council for NI Proposed Draft Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order June 2001
NIACRO Community Safety 2000
Youth Council Community Safety 2000
DENI Community Safety 2000
Extern Community Safety 2000
Belfast Education and Library Board Community Safety 2000