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Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The Economic Secretary to the Treasury signed the regulatory impact assessment for the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 on 3 October 2006.

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 benefits of the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 outweigh the costs.

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.


Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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.

Waterways: Canals

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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