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What is their estimate of the costs for businesses of compliance with the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 (SI 2006/2657), and the assumptions on which their costs estimates are based; and [HL222]
Whether they will quantify the amount by which the benefits of the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 (SI 2006/2657) exceed its costs, which forms the basis of the Minister's declaration in the regulatory impact assessment. [HL223]
Alongside other counter-terrorist tools, financial sanctions play an important role in helping to prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks and member states are obliged by United Nations Security Council resolutions and directly applicable EC regulations to freeze the assets of suspected terrorists and al-Qaeda associates without delay. Businesses are already under an obligation to comply with these requirements. It is on this basis that Treasury Ministers have judged that
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The regulatory impact assessment sets out that the impact of the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 on compliance costs is minimal because financial institutions already have to check whether they hold funds in the name of designated persons. None the less, the Government are mindful that compliance costs do arise from financial sanctions and they seek to reduce these as far as possible by ensuring that financial sanctions are well targeted and based on good identifying information. The Treasury will shortly be publishing data on the administration costs associated with financial sanctions in the UK.
Whether they will consider issuing guidance to Ministry of Defence police that where a person trespasses on land in the open air with the intention of observing what takes place there, but without doing anything which is intended to have any of the effects specified in Section 69(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, they should not submit a case to the Crown Prosecution Service under that section. [HL13]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): It would not be appropriate for Her Majesty's Government to issue guidance to the Ministry of Defence police on the enforcement of criminal law. Operational policing is entirely a matter for the chief constable of the force and the individual officers involved in specific incidents. The Crown Prosecution Service in turn decides whether prosecutions should take place.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 November (WA 42), about the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs immediate funding pressures, whether the British Waterways Boards canal development programme will receive any long-term funding. [HL75]
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): It is for British Waterways to prioritise its expenditure in the light of competing demands, including maintenance, major works and the support it gives to canal restoration projects. The department has been having on-going discussions with British Waterways over its funding for 2007-08 and beyond.
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