Clause 50

Part of 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 11:45, 13 May 2008

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.