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Amendment proposed: No. 59, page 10, line 14, at end add—
(7) It shall be a defence to an offence under this section for a defendant to show on the balance of probabilities that his attendance at any place used for terrorist training was—
(a) for the purpose of preventing the instruction or training taking place; or
(b) for the purpose of gathering information about the instruction or training; or
(c) involuntary.—[Mr. Grieve.]
Question put, That the amendment be made:—
The Committee divided: Ayes 223, Noes 316.
If my hon. Friend will be patient, I shall drop him a line very soon with the answer to that question. It is important that all the penalties set out in such legislation are coherent and fit well with each other according to the seriousness of the offence.
I will make the note available at the earliest opportunity. As soon as I am able to provide it to my hon. Friend Rob Marris, I will be happy to provide a copy to the hon. Gentleman and to ensure that all hon. Members know what it may contain.
Clause 8 ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Clauses 9 to 11 ordered to stand part of the Bill.