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Clause 1

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 29th April 2008.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Shadow Minister (Olympics and London), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Olympics and London) 10:45 am, 29th April 2008

I welcome you, Mr. O’Hara, and I am sure that we will have a constructive exchange under your chairmanship. I welcome the fact that the Minister started by offering the briefing on intercept and coroners matters.

It is difficult to follow the hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield, who has carefully set out the reasons for amendment No. 57. The wording of our amendment No. 1 is identical to that in amendment No. 57. The  crux of the matter—as the hon. and learned Gentleman set out—is the reasonable grounds for believing that a document may be seized. A number of members pointed out that without the test of reasonable grounds the Bill would be out of kilter with existing legislation. I hope that the Minister will explain why he believes that that is justified, and whether the test—if it were included—would impose any constraints that the Committee may not be aware of.