Examination of Witnesses

Part of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:47 am on 21st June 2011.

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Keir Starmer: I am not sure there is a particular provision that I could point to. It is quite clear that thought has been given to how one might use these measures to facilitate an ongoing investigation. The duties of consultation are slightly stricter than they were before, although the working arrangements that we have put in place go as far as the Bill. It is clear that some of the measures are designed to ensure that an investigation can continue if necessary. I am not sure there is a particular one I would point to. I think the thrust of that is something that I would support.

I am slightly sceptical as to whether new material will truly come to light post the order. It may in one case or another, but it is less likely. However, if this facilitates and we are all forced to focus, as we should be, on where there is any evidence that predates the order still undiscovered that can be found to bring a prosecution based on those historic facts, then I welcome that and would certainly work within that framework and in that spirit.