§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requests the Bank of England has received from Mr. Sadiq Hassan Taha in regard to the establishment of a trade bank in London, since 1985.
§ Mr. Nelson
The Bank of England has sole responsibility for authorisation under the Banking Act 1987, and it is for the Bank to determine what information relating to possible applications for authorisation may be disclosed. Its ability to disclose any such information is constrained by the confidentiality provisions of the Act.