Clause 17 — Extension of existing disclosure powers
Orders of the Day — Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill
Mr David Blunkett (Home Secretary; Sheffield, Brightside, Labour)
Obviously, it must be late in the day and late in the week, because I am struggling to understand why my hon. Friend feels that a body involved in such dealings—as Customs and Excise is day in, day out—that had a reason to pass material to the police would do so other than because it suspected that something was amiss. [Interruption.] No, no. The restriction being imposed, if my hon. Friend would kindly read what the Lords have done, restricts to the point where a body has to suspect that a terrorist act is in the offing.