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Counterterrorism: Martyn’s Law - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:05 pm on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Viscount Hailsham Viscount Hailsham Conservative 3:05 pm, 22nd October 2019

My Lords, while I have a great respect for the views expressed by the noble Lord, may I ask my noble friend to be very cautious about this suggestion? The truth is that all large public venues—for that matter, any venue—are at risk from terrorist attack. The assessment of risk depends primarily on the information and facts known largely to the police and the security services, and is difficult for the organisers to assess themselves. The danger of going down this road is that there will be an awful lot of back-guarding litigation cost and disproportionate expense. I would be very cautious.