Clause 22 - Powers of entry etc

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 30 June 2011.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

Will the Minister confirm that clause 22 and schedule 5 are direct lifts from the 2005 Act? I want to put on record my thanks to the hon. Member for Beckenham, who congratulated the previous Government on the legislation, given circumstances at the time. It was generous of him, and I am grateful for the spirit in which he said it. We are all trying to achieve the same things. Will the Minister confirm that most of the measures are a direct lift from the previous Act?

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Actually, no. Clause 22 gives effect to schedule 5, which provides for police powers of search, entry, seizure and retention in a number of scenarios relating to TPIMs. The Bill takes a different approach from the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, which did not set out on the face of the legislation the main powers relating to entry and search. To be fair to the hon. Member for Bradford South, that was a point that was recognised by the right hon. Member for Salford and Eccles in our discussion on Tuesday, when she rightly challenged me on the need to have rights of search and entry. She did not move her amendments and I did not thank her at the time for her generosity in doing that. I want to put my thanks on record. There is a difference and distinction in the Bill by expressly setting out a number of these provisions. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Bradford South for allowing me to underline the differences contained in the Bill as contrasted with previous legislation. I thank him for his comments.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 22 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 5 agreed to.