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New Clause 5

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Liberal Democrat, Somerton and Frome 2:30 pm, 15th May 2008

It worries me that this widens the possibility of proscription. I rarely say that Ministers should be given the benefit of the doubt, but when they are in possession of the intelligence reports and the advice of the police agencies, they can make an assessment about whether an organisation is engaged in terrorism or is a supporter of it. The new clauses do not add anything other than encouraging the view that a national clamour through the press, or through MPs, can apply pressure on Ministers to proscribe an organisation that their intelligence tells them should not be proscribed.