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Social Security Benefits: Terrorism

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many households have had benefit payments restricted on suspicion of terrorism since July 2006; (104748)

(2) how many individuals listed for involvement in terrorism had (a) benefits and (b) other payments approved under licence by the Treasury in each of the last 12 months.

Since July 2006, six households connected with listed individuals have had their benefit payments restricted in accordance with the policy outlined in my written statement of 3 July 2006. In addition, over the last 12 months, we have licensed benefits payments for two listed individuals and issued 37 licences in relation to other payments, 35 of which are for legal expenses. Licences have been issued under both the terrorism and al-Qaeda sanctions regimes, in accordance with our international legal obligations, and have included appropriate safeguards to prevent funds being diverted to terrorism.