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Palestinians: International Assistance

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how a terrorist is defined for the purposes of the Temporary International Mechanism. (135562)

The Temporary International Mechanism (TIM) does not make payments to individuals if they appear on the following internationally-recognised terrorist lists:

Bank of England terrorist list;

European Union terrorist list;

United Nations sanctions list;

Office of Foreign Assets Control (United States Treasury) terrorist list; and

Hong Kong Monetary Authority terrorist list.

The TIM has also set up a comprehensive accounting and audit system to track payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many social welfare payments under the Temporary International Mechanism have been stopped by HSBC because of concerns of terrorism. (135563)

The purpose of terrorist checks under the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM) is to provide assurance that EU assistance is not being used to support terrorism. Between 27 August 2006, when payments under the TIM began, and 1 May 2007 one welfare payment has been withheld because the individual's name was on one of the internationally recognised terrorist lists.