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Schedule 1 — Forfeiture of Terrorist Cash

Orders of the Day — Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 11:43 pm on 26th November 2001.

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Amendment made: No. 3, in page 78, line 6, leave out "under this section".—[Mr. Blunkett.]

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Conservative, Harborough

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have no doubt that you and your fellow occupiers of the Chair will have kept a careful note during the two days of discussion on the Bill, so can you tell me what proportion of the Bill has been debated and what proportion—[Interruption.]

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

Order. I am taking a point of order.

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Conservative, Harborough

What proportion of the amendments selected by the Chairman of Ways and Means was debated during the course of the Bill's passage through the House?

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

The business on the Bill has been conducted as per the programme motion agreed by the House.

Order for Third Reading read.

Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett The Secretary of State for the Home Department 11:57 pm, 26th November 2001

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

I thank Members on both sides of the House who have contributed thoughtfully and calmly to proceedings on a difficult measure. It is difficult because we are bringing in the Bill in the light of what happened on 11 September. It is difficult because, for any emergency measure, speed is of the essence: there would be no point in introducing emergency measures and putting anti-terrorism provisions in place unless we did so swiftly. That has put stress on all Members and I am grateful to them.

I want to make two points. First, we are engaging in the measure precisely because the bombings of the Tanzanian and Kenyan embassies and subsequently the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were planned years in advance. The thwarted attacks in Jordan and on the US embassy in Paris this year were planned months, if not years, in advance. Whatever is currently taking place around us—the network, the funding, the organisation—those who are prepared to provide suicide bombers to attack others will have had their preparation in place for a very long time.

Whatever success we can gain in Afghanistan—in freeing the people, in pushing the Taliban, the al-Qaeda group and bin Laden back into the mountains—we are still at risk. Those who dismiss that risk, who pretend that because 11 September is 11 weeks ago, we can set it aside, are making a grave error. That is why we are asking the House and, subsequently, the House of Lords to take measured, proportionate but necessary steps to protect the people of this country. The only people who have anything to fear are those who bring fear and dread to others. That is why I move Third Reading.

Photo of Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

I shall be brief—

It being midnight, Madam Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Orders [19 and 21 November], put forthwith the Question already proposed from the Chair.

Question put, That the Bill be now read the Third time:—

The House divided: Ayes 323, Noes 79.

Division number 86 Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — Third Reading

Aye: 323 MPs

No: 79 MPs

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Absent: 253 MPs

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Bill read the Third time, and passed.

ESTIMATES

Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee),

That this House agrees with the Report [15th November] of the Liaison Committee.—[Mr. Fitzpatrick.]

Question agreed to.

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

Ordered,

That, in respect of the Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords], notices of amendments, new clauses and new schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a Second time.—[Mr. Fitzpatrick.]