I am grateful to the Committee for its careful consideration of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill. The Committee’s report, and the thorough analysis and constructive recommendations contained within it, have shaped discussion of the Bill in the House, including amendments tabled during Committee stage and the statements I have made in response to those amendments on behalf of the Government.
In light of these discussions in the House, the FCO is now consulting with other Departments on the Government’s position on a range of issues ahead of the Bill’s Report stage. For this reason, and the broader interest at this time in the issue of delegated powers, I think it would be more sensible to provide the Committee with a fuller response in the New Year rather than a partial, interim response now. Therefore I intend to write to you again, ahead of Report stage, giving a substantive response with our proposed amendments addressing some of the matters raised by the Committee. This response should be with you in the week we return from Christmas recess.
I note that some of the issues raised by the Committee were also covered in the separate report on the Bill published by the Constitution Committee. I am sending a response to that Committee today, copied to you. I am also copying this letter to the Rt Hon the Baroness Taylor of Bolton, Chair of the Constitution Committee.
21 December 2017