Clause 41

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 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 11:00, 13 May 2008

Amendment Nos. 143, 145, 146 and 157 mean that on commencement, notification requirements apply to offenders who would be imprisoned or detained  for a trigger offence at that time but for exceptional circumstances—for example, they are on temporary leave of absence or on bail pending an appeal on the day of commencement. This would make the clause consistent with section 81(6) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003—which refers to retrospective application of notification requirements for sex offenders.

Amendments Nos. 143 and 146 make it clear that, on commencement, the notification requirements apply only to those released on licence if they are on licence for a terrorism offence for which they received a sentence of more than 12 months.

Amendment No. 144 is a minor amendment to clause 41 to remove the reference to a “finding” from subsection (2)(a).

These are—I would tell the Committee if they were otherwise—simply tidying-up and technical amendments as befits Government amendments at Committee stage, and I commend them wholeheartedly to the House.