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[F1435Use of information by certain DirectorsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Information obtained by or on behalf of the Director in connection with the exercise of any of his functions under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8 may be used by him in connection with his exercise of any of his other functions (whether under, or in relation to, either Part, another Part of this Act or otherwise).

(2)Information obtained by or on behalf of the Director in connection with the exercise of any of his functions (whether under, or in relation to, this Act or otherwise) which are not functions under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8 may be used by him in connection with his exercise of any of his functions under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8.

(3)This section applies to information obtained before the coming into force of the section as well as to information obtained after the coming into force of the section.

(4)In this section “the Director” means—

(a)the Director of Public Prosecutions;

(b)the Director of the Serious Fraud Office; or

(c)the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.]

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436 Disclosure of information to [F2certain Directors] E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Information which is held by or on behalf of a permitted person (whether it was obtained before or after the coming into force of [F3subsection (10)] ) may be disclosed to the Director for the purpose of the exercise by the Director of his functions [F4under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8] .

(2)A disclosure under this section is not to be taken to breach any restriction on the disclosure of information (however imposed).

(3)But nothing in this section authorises the making of a disclosure—

(a)which contravenes the Data Protection Act 1998 (c. 29);

(b)which is prohibited by Part 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (c. 23).

(4)This section does not affect a power to disclose which exists apart from this section.

(5)These are permitted persons—

(a)a constable;

F5(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)the Director of the Serious Fraud Office;

(e)the Commissioners of Inland Revenue;

(f)the Commissioners of Customs and Excise;

(g)the Director of Public Prosecutions;

F6(ga). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(h)the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.

(6)The Secretary of State may by order designate as permitted persons other persons who exercise functions which he believes are of a public nature.

(7)But an order under subsection (6) must specify the functions in respect of which the designation is made.

[F7(7A)In relation to persons exercising functions in Northern Ireland, any reference in subsection (6) to the Secretary of State must be read as a reference to the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland.]

(8)Information must not be disclosed under this section on behalf of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or on behalf of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise unless the Commissioners concerned authorise the disclosure.

(9)The power to authorise a disclosure under subsection (8) may be delegated (either generally or for a specified purpose)—

(a)in the case of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, to an officer of the Board of Inland Revenue;

(b)in the case of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, to a customs officer.

[F8(10)In this section “the Director” has the same meaning as in section 435.]

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F2Words in s. 436 heading substituted (1.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), s. 94(1), Sch. 8 para. 132(2); S.I. 2008/755, art. 2(1)(a) (with arts. 3-14)

Commencement Information

I1S. 436 in force at 24.2.2003 for specified purposes by S.I. 2003/120, art. 2, Sch. (with arts. 3, 4) (as amended (20.2.2003) by S.I. 2003/333, art. 14)

I2S. 436 in force at 24.3.2003 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2003/333, art. 2, Sch.

437 Further disclosureE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subsection (2) applies to information obtained under section 436 from the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or from the Commissioners of Customs and Excise or from a person acting on behalf of either of them.

(2)Such information must not be further disclosed except—

(a)for a purpose connected with the exercise of the Director’s functions [F9under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8 ] , and

(b)with the consent of the Commissioners concerned.

(3)Consent under subsection (2) may be given—

(a)in relation to a particular disclosure;

(b)in relation to disclosures made in circumstances specified or described in the consent.

(4)The power to consent to further disclosure under subsection (2)(b) may be delegated (either generally or for a specified purpose)—

(a)in the case of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, to an officer of the Board of Inland Revenue;

(b)in the case of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, to a customs officer.

(5)Subsection (6) applies to information obtained under section 436 from a permitted person other than the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or the Commissioners of Customs and Excise or a person acting on behalf of either of them.

(6)A permitted person who discloses such information to the Director may make the disclosure subject to such conditions as to further disclosure by the Director as the permitted person thinks appropriate; and the information must not be further disclosed in contravention of the conditions.

[F10(7)In this section “the Director” has the same meaning as in section 435.]

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Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I3S. 437 in force at 24.2.2003 for specified purposes by S.I. 2003/120, art. 2, Sch. (with arts. 3, 4) (as amended (20.2.2003) by S.I. 2003/333, art. 14)

I4S. 437 in force at 24.3.2003 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2003/333, art. 2, Sch.

438 Disclosure of information by [F11certain Directors] E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Information obtained by or on behalf of the Director in connection with the exercise of any of his functions [F12under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8] may be disclosed by him if the disclosure is for the purposes of any of the following—

(a)any criminal investigation which is being or may be carried out, whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere;

(b)any criminal proceedings which have been or may be started, whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere;

(c)the exercise of the Director’s functions [F13under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8] ;

(d)the exercise by the prosecutor of functions under Parts 2, 3 and 4;

(e)the exercise by the Scottish Ministers of their functions under Part 5;

(f)the exercise by a customs officer [F14, an accredited financial investigator] or a constable of his functions under Chapter 3 of Part 5;

[F15(fa)the exercise of any functions of SOCA, another Director or the Director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions under, or in relation to, Part 5 or 8;]

(g)safeguarding national security;

(h)investigations or proceedings outside the United Kingdom which have led or may lead to the making of an external order within the meaning of section 447;

(i)the exercise of a designated function.

F16(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F16(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F16(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)If the Director makes a disclosure of information for a purpose specified in subsection (1) he may make any further disclosure of the information by the person to whom he discloses it subject to such conditions as he thinks fit.

(6)Such a person must not further disclose the information in contravention of the conditions.

(7)A disclosure under this section is not to be taken to breach any restriction on the disclosure of information (however imposed).

(8)But nothing in this section authorises the making of a disclosure—

(a)which contravenes the Data Protection Act 1998 (c. 29);

(b)which is prohibited by Part 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (c. 23).

[F17(8A)This section does not affect a power to disclose which exists apart from this section.

(8B)This section applies to information obtained before the coming into force of subsection (10) as well as to information obtained after the coming into force of that subsection.]

(9)A designated function is a function which the Secretary of State thinks is a function of a public nature and which he designates by order.

[F18(10)In this section “the Director” has the same meaning as in section 435.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F11Words in s. 438 heading substituted (1.4.2008) by Serious Crime Act 2007 (c. 27), s. 94(1), Sch. 8 para. 134(2); S.I. 2008/755, art. 2(1)(a) (with arts. 3-14)

Commencement Information

I5S. 438 in force at 24.2.2003 for specified purposes by S.I. 2003/120, art. 2, Sch. (with arts. 3, 4) (as amended (20.2.2003) by S.I. 2003/333, art. 14)

I6S. 438 in force at 24.3.2003 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2003/333, art. 2, Sch.

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