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Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

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32Periodic reports on exercise of power to make regulations under section 1

(1)The Secretary of State must as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each reporting period lay before Parliament a report which—

(a)specifies the regulations under section 1, if any, that were made in that reporting period,

(b)identifies which, if any, of those regulations—

(i)stated a relevant human rights purpose, or

(ii)amended or revoked regulations stating such a purpose,

(c)specifies any recommendations which in that reporting period were made by a Parliamentary Committee in connection with a relevant independent review, and

(d)includes a copy of any response to those recommendations which was made by the government to that Committee in that reporting period.

(2)Nothing in subsection (1)(d) requires a report under this section to contain anything the disclosure of which may, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, damage national security or international relations.

(3)For the purposes of this section the following are reporting periods—

(a)the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed (“the first reporting period”), and

(b)each period of 12 months that ends with an anniversary of the date when the first reporting period ends.

(4)For the purposes of this section—

(a)regulations “state” a purpose if the purpose is stated under section 1(3) in the regulations;

(b)a purpose is a “relevant human rights purpose” if, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, carrying out that purpose would provide accountability for or be a deterrent to gross violations of human rights.

(5)In this section—

  • “the government” means the government of the United Kingdom;

  • “gross violation of human rights” has the meaning given by section 1(7);

  • a “Parliamentary Committee” means a committee of the House of Commons or a committee of the House of Lords or a joint committee of both Houses;

  • a “relevant independent review”, in relation to a Parliamentary Committee, means a consideration by that Committee of whether the power to make regulations under section 1 should be exercised in connection with a gross violation of human rights.

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