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Written Ministerial Statements

Wednesday 7 February 2007


United Nations Measures Orders

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Ed Balls): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's written ministerial statement of 11 January informed Parliament of the unanimous adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1737. The binding resolution calls upon all member states to impose sanctions aimed at restricting Iran's ability to develop nuclear and missile technologies which could be used in a weapons programme.

The Government are today seeking the agreement of the Privy Council for the adoption of Orders in Council concerned with giving effect to the financial sanctions against Iran's Nuclear Programme as required by UNSCR 1737, and implementing UNSCR 1737 in the UK's overseas territories. The Government
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are strongly supportive of international efforts in tackling abuse of financial systems and these actions are further evidence of this.

Consistent with the UN Security Council resolutions and with other financial sanctions legislation, the Orders in Council include provisions to allow licensed exemptions to the restrictions to meet legitimate humanitarian needs.

Trade and Industry

Felindre to Tirley Pipeline

The Minister for Science and Innovation (Malcolm Wicks): I have today given my approval for National Grid to construct a 196 km gas pipeline from Felindre near Swansea to Tirley in Gloucestershire.

In making my decision I took into account the stringent requirements which have to be met when a major development is proposed in a national park. In this instance part of the pipeline crosses the Brecon Beacons national park and I have decided that the pipeline satisfies the criteria that such development should be in the national interest and that there is no other practicable route. I have also included stringent conditions to reduce and mitigate any impact on the park.

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