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Clause 18

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 29th April 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 5:00 pm, 29th April 2008

I beg to move amendment No. 66, in clause 18, page 32, line 27, leave out paragraph (c).

Clause 18 is about material that is not subject to existing statutory restrictions. I said earlier—the Minister will doubtless confirm it—that the material will be held by a law enforcement authority. However, will he first explain what is the material not subject to existing statutory restrictions? That would be helpful for the purposes of our debate. The clause provides that the material can be used

“in the interests of national security,” and, as was mentioned earlier,

“for purposes related to the prevention or detection of crime,” which must mean that there is a possibility of it being taken into court.

Subsection (3) states that one condition is that the material has been

“otherwise lawfully obtained or acquired by the authority for any of the purposes mentioned in subsection (2).”

What does that provision in fact cover? That is the first question that I want to ask the Minister, and in a sense, there is not much point in my seeking to amplify the matter until we have his explanation about the material that the provision covers.