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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 Tom Brake Tom Brake Shadow Minister (Olympics and London), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Olympics and London) 2:30 pm, 15th May 2008

The hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield was right to say that new clause 5 was too widely drafted. However, perhaps some of the concerns we have about new clause 5 are equally applicable to new clause 11 in terms of an organisation being able to demonstrate that it

“has not unequivocally renounced support of terrorism”.

I do not know whether there is a legal definition for unequivocally renouncing something. I assume that there is not. Therefore to be able to demonstrate that,  for example, the leading lights of an organisation have unequivocally renounced support for terrorism but individual members have not, just as with new clause 5, there are concerns about the drafting of that and how broad it is. Because of our concerns about being able to demonstrate how an organisation has unequivocally renounced support of terrorism, should the hon. and learned Gentleman be minded to press the matter to a vote, we will not be supporting him.