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Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requests he has made to the US administration for details of the evidence on the basis of which the US authorities designated Interpal as a global terrorist organisation in 2003. (273733)

The US Department of Treasury issued a press notice on 22 August 2003, explaining the reasons why the US authorities designated Interpal.

HM Treasury officials are in ongoing discussions with their US counterparts about how best we can work together to facilitate legitimate charitable work, while protecting against the abuse of charities by those involved in terrorist finance. As part of this dialogue, the Treasury has asked the US authorities to consider if any further information can be made available about the basis for Interpal’s designation.