Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 2014-15: Commons stages - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 30 December 2014 | Standard notes SN07073

Authors: Oonagh Gay

Topic: Terrorism

For full background on the Bill, see Research Paper 14/63 Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill This Note examines the scrutiny of the Bill in Committee of the Whole House on 9, 15 and 16 December 2014. Only some minor technical amendments were made. Factsheets and impact assessments for each aspect of the Bill produced by the Home Office are now available. The Bill has seven parts:

Part 1 would introduce two new powers to place temporary restrictions on travel, including the seizure of passports and new Temporary Exclusion Orders. Part 2 would amend the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011, to introduce relocation into the TPIM system and a tighter test on their use;

Part 3 would amend the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014. Part 4 would allow the Secretary of State to introduce authority to carry schemes for aircraft, shipping and rail which would replace the current inbound arrangements with broader inbound and outbound arrangements;

Part 5 would put the Prevent Strategy on a statutory footing, Part 6 would amend Sections 15 to 18 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (which criminalise instances of terrorist financing) to make clear that insurers may not reimburse ransom payments made to terrorists. Part 7 would create a Privacy and Civil Liberties Board. It would also amend the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997.

The Independent Reviewer, David Anderson gave oral evidence on 27 November 2014 to the Joint Committee on Human Rights. The Committee also held oral evidence from James Brokenshire, Minister for Security and Immigration, on 3 December. The Home Affairs Select Committee took oral evidence from Metropolitan Police representatives, Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty and David Anderson.

The first day (9 December) examined Parts 2 and 3. The Committee looked at Part 1 on 15 December and the remaining parts on 16 December. Report and third reading stage is scheduled for 6 and 7 January 2015. Amendments tabled to date are on the Bill’s website.

On 17 December four consultations on national security relevant to the Bill were published by the Home Office after Committee scrutiny had concluded. These were:

1. Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000: draft code of practice;

2. Privacy and Civil Liberties Board;

3. Temporary seizure of travel documents;

4. Prevent duty.

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