HC Deb 13 June 2002 vol 386 c1402W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact has taken place, at what level and on what dates, between(a) Ministers and (b) civil servants and the Jersey authorities in respect of matters connected with the freezing of trusts whose beneficiaries include His Excellency Sheik Hamad bin Jassin bin Jaber al-Thari; and if he will make a statement. [61118]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

I am informed that there have been no contacts between FCO Ministers and the Jersey Attorney General on this. FCO officials have attended four meetings in March, July and August 2001 at which the Jersey Attorney General or his representatives were present, and have had occasional telephone and e-mail contacts with the Jersey Attorney General's office to exchange information about the investigation. Decisions about the conduct of the Jersey Attorney General's investigation were for him alone.