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Counter-Terrorism Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 9th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Lawson of Blaby Lord Lawson of Blaby Conservative 2:30 pm, 9th October 2008

We have previously had a number of Questions in this House about the freezing of assets, and such questions also emerged when I was the Chancellor. Before the recess the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, asked a Question about freezing the UK assets of Mugabe and his cronies. I think that it would greatly assist the House if at some point we could have a clear statement on what powers there are to freeze the assets of anyone of a dubious nature, for whatever reason. It is a very murky area.