Appendix 2 – Sewell Debate
24 OCTOBER 2001
The Sewell Convention requires that where the UK Parliament wishes to legislate on a matter devolved to the Scottish Parliament the consent of the Scottish Parliament is necessary.
Such a debate took place in the Scottish Parliament on 24 October 2001 to allow the UK Parliament to pass the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
The then Justice Minister outlined the proposed provisions of the UK Bill including new powers of investigation and enforcement, facilitation of criminal confiscation by putting drug trafficking and other crimes on a new all crimes basis, introduction of a new civil recovery scheme and taxation arrangements and strengthening of money laundering provisions.
Priority was to be given to criminal investigations and the Crown would apply its normal evidential and public interest tests without regard to whether civil recovery or taxation proceedings might be available under the Act.
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