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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the memorandum referred to in the statement by Lord Ashcroft of 1 March 2010 on official confirmation from the Government on the interpretation of the first undertaking he made to the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee.
(1) whether ministerial approval was given for the definition of long-term resident to be used by the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee for the purposes of its consideration of Lord Ashcroft's nomination for a peerage;
(2) whether guidance was sought from HM Revenue and Customs on the interpretation of the undertaking given by Lord Ashcroft to the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee in respect of the definition of his status as a long-term resident of the UK.
The Cabinet Office will be responding to a request by the Public Administration Select Committee that it should supply a brief written statement describing the nature of the dialogue referred to by Lord Ashcroft in his statement of