Part of Orders of the Day — Terrorism Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:25 am on 15th March 2000.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 1:25 am, 15th March 2000

I wish that this Bill were not necessary. However, it is very necessary for the protection and security of the people of this country. Throughout our proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee and this evening, the Minister and his team have approached the subject with realism. They have also shown courtesy to the views that have been expressed by hon. Members of all parties.

Conservative Members have some differences of opinion with the Government over some aspects of the Bill, but we agree strongly with the proposals. We agree that the Bill is essential and should be on the statute book swiftly. If there is a Division on Third Reading, we shall support the Government.