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Terrorist Finance

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2421W, on terrorist activities (financing), on which date the structure, focus and membership of the review to safeguard the charitable sector from terrorist finance was established; which other Government Departments were consulted; what the membership of the review team is; what the terms of reference of the review are; which organisations, excluding Government Departments (a) have been consulted and (b) have provided evidence to the review; when the review will be completed; when the report will be made available to Parliament; what consultation will be carried out on the report's recommendations; and whether the recommendations will be made public before the Financial Action Task Force evaluates UK money laundering and terrorist finance measures. (94273)

I have been asked to reply.

On 13 February, the Chancellor announced that the Government would

“review how best to strengthen the safeguards to protect the charitable sector from terrorist abuse and protect donor confidence in so doing”.

The terms of reference were agreed in July 2006. The review will report to the Home Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer in November.