Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 7:50 pm on 26th February 2019.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Independent, Enfield North 7:50 pm, 26th February 2019

I just wanted to say to Opposition Front Benchers that British officials can still meet their Lebanese counterparts. As the Home Secretary will perhaps confirm a little later, the explanatory notes to the Terrorism Act 2000 clarify that the arrangement of “genuinely benign meetings” with proscribed groups is permitted. Such meetings are interpreted as those at which the terrorist activities of the group are not promoted or encouraged, for example, a meeting designed to encourage a designated group to engage in a peace process. I think that covers the point that the hon. Gentleman has just made.