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Unfair Practices: Sales Methods

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on cooperation to tackle boiler room fraud with her counterparts in (a) the United States, (b) Ireland, (c) Hong Kong, (d) Singapore, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Canada, (g) Belize, (h) Nevis, (i) Cyprus, (j) Tanzania, (k) Lebanon, (l) Latvia and (m) Spain. (207272)

[holding answer 22 May 2008]: I have had no discussions on boiler room fraud with counterparts in these countries; however, I visited the City of London Police Economic Crime Department in July last year to discuss a number of fraud related issues, including their work on boiler room fraud. I am aware that the force, which has taken a proactive lead in investigating boiler room fraud, enjoys a productive working relationship with law enforcement and other agencies in these countries.