Clause 50

Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 13 May 2008.

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Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

I beg to move amendment No. 153, in clause 50, page 35, line 37, leave out from ‘regulations’ to end of line 41.

Photo of Edward O'Hara Edward O'Hara Labour, Knowsley South

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment No. 154.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

Amendment No. 153 removes part of subsection (2)(d). It provides the Secretary of State with a slightly wider power to prescribe other information to be notified. Further information about the person’s departure from or return to the UK and the person’s movements while outside the UK, as currently mentioned in the clause, will be covered, but further information need not be limited to those matters. That will allow the Secretary of State to consider specifying information such as the persons with whom the person stayed while abroad.

We think that the slightly wider vires are appropriate. The provision is in line with the foreign travel notification requirements for registered sex offenders, which require information such as the date of departure from the UK, the destination, additional places they intend to visit, the carrier they intend to use, details of first-night accommodation, and the date and location of re-entry to the United Kingdom. Furthermore, the regulations are of course subject to the affirmative procedure, so Parliament will have an opportunity to debate fully the matters included in them.

Amendment No. 154 removes subsection (5) because it is not necessary. Clause 86(2)(a) already enables regulations made under the Act to make different provision for different cases or circumstances, and that must include the power to make different provision for different descriptions or categories of person. The provisions tidy things up rather than anything else and make things all the more explicit. I commend the two amendments to the Committee.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General

I was interested in the Minister’s comments; I assumed that amendment No. 153 was simply because those particular paragraphs were entirely otiose—to use  those buzz words that we like. They are already covered by other bits in the surrounding clauses.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 154, in clause 50, page 36, line 3, leave out subsection (5).—[Mr. McNulty]

Clause 50, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.