1.On 9 September, the Committee requested that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (“FCDO”) submit a memorandum on the following point:
Given that these regulations make immigration sanctions, explain why section 4 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 is not cited in the preamble (compare S.I.2020/616).
2.The FCDO apologises for missing the deadline for responding to the Committee, which was due to an internal administrative error. We recognise and respect the importance of providing full information to the Committee in a timely manner and have put measures in place to ensure such errors do not occur in future.
3.We are grateful for the Committee’s consideration of this instrument and respond to the Committee’s request as follows.
4.Given the FCDO’s consistent practice in citing section 4 in the preamble to other instruments made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 and containing immigration sanctions, we accept section 4 of SAMLA should have been included in the preamble to this instrument. The FCDO apologises for this omission and we intend to bring forward legislation before the end of the Transition Period to address this.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
22 September 2020
Published: 2 October 2020