Clause 7

Part of Terrorist Asset-Freezing Etc. Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 23 November 2010.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Treasury) 11:30, 23 November 2010

I am grateful to the Minister. I am particularly interested in subsection (4), which refers to

“such persons as they consider appropriate”.

I am looking at the measure from the perspective of someone who is not the designated person. That person, or a journalist, or a third party might want to find out whom the Treasury considered appropriate, but at the moment, there is no mechanism for that information to be discovered. I am keen for us to have clarity now, as we consider the Bill, about what information will go into the public domain, because that can have a material impact on a range of issues.

The Treasury might inform people about the designation whom the designated person does not want to be aware of the information, such as people who hold grudges against that individual. The Minister needs to be aware of a range of complex issues that might result from a designation. I am grateful for his willingness to respond in writing on how much of the information arising not only in connection with clause 7 but the Bill as a whole will end up in the public domain, at what stage and in what form, so that we have clarity about the freedom of information aspects. We want to know exactly what the Bill will mean in terms of information given subsequent to designations being made, and to designations being revoked or ceasing.