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Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Member for Torfaen is absolutely right; it is set out quite clearly in the 2000 Act. The reasonable excuse defence is a good defence. It will cover journalists and academics, which is important. It would also mean that the prosecution is unlikely to commence in those circumstances, because it would not pass the Crown Prosecution Service threshold test of being in the public interest...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: We have 400 people in this country who have returned from activity in hotspots, many of whom we believe, from intelligence, have been active, but whom we have been unable to prosecute. That is a serious number of people. A number of them continue to pose a threat, and we have not been able, despite quite a lot of effort and looking, to find evidence to bring to court to prosecute them for the...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I would have to speculate; I am not a barrister or lawyer, so I dare not venture down that road. A court may grant an injunction on an area. A stalker often faces injunctions—they are not allowed within 100 metres of a house, and if they go within 100 metres of it, they have committed an offence.

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The question was, is there anywhere else in law where going somewhere becomes the offence? There clearly is if you break an injunction. I think there are injunctions not just against someone who has done something wrong, but I shall not pilot off down that course. As I said earlier, obviously there is the further safeguard that breaching a travel ban and triggering the offence will provide...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am happy to write to the hon. Gentleman with a specific number, if we trawl through the whole lot. I certainly see cases where we have footage of people in certain locations. They may not necessarily be carrying a black flag, but they are dressed in combats and they are standing in front of an iconic building somewhere. I cannot express how frustrating it is to see what I see, with some...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: My hon. Friend knows that making people stateless is a hefty measure. From our legal advice, we cannot make someone stateless. If they are a dual citizen, we can deprive them of citizenship. I understand the point that my hon. Friend makes, but in an international community, we cannot entirely pass our problems around. Part of the offence with designated areas is that other countries do not...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: As ever, my hon. Friend makes an articulate and knowledgeable point. My disagreement is that, no matter how it may take allegiance, I do not recognise ISIS to be a state. It is a non-state. It is a fabrication of pretty awful people. We should not give it credibility: just because some poor, weak, often exploited people, but also some pretty nasty people, have sworn allegiance to it, it does...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I know that throughout the passage of the Bill we spent days with the PSNI. On the point about the DPP, I will make sure that the hon. Gentleman gets an exact answer on that from officials. As he will know, I have first-hand experience of what can go wrong and of the consequences of trying to take a flag or something from a proscribed organisation. Certainly, taking away a flag in certain...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: Today is obviously the anniversary of 9/11, a devastating terrorist attack that happened on the soil of our ally the United States and ended in the deaths of 77 United Kingdom citizens who were working in New York at the time. Today is also one of the first days of the inquest into the Westminster Bridge attack, when we lost PC Keith Palmer and four other people. Let me deal as succinctly as...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I disagree with the right hon. Gentleman. If a person produces a reasonable defence, as it would play in court, we would have to say, “That is not a valid defence,” and therefore we would have to prove why it is not. In addition, the public interest consideration will be involved when the CPS seeks to bring charges. It is also important to inform the House that, obviously,...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The decision to deprive a person of their British citizenship would not be affected by this at all, one way or the other. The factors involved in making that decision range from intelligence to criminal behaviour and whether that person poses a threat to the United Kingdom. The decision would not be linked. Obviously some people who have been deprived of their citizenship have been foreign...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: What I can say is that if a British citizen goes to a designated area and commits an offence, it will depend on what they were doing. If a British citizen who is a dual national goes to one of these areas to fight for ISIS or al-Qaeda, and if we cannot prosecute them, deprivation becomes more of an option. I would prefer to see these people put on trial in a British court, convicted and sent...

Written Answers — Home Office: Cybercrime (10 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The response to cyber crime is not the sole responsibility of Action Fraud and the National Fraud Investigation Bureau. In 2018/19 we are investing over £50 million to ensure law enforcement has capabilities it needs to tackle cyber crime at the national, regional and local level. The Action Fraud/ NFIB grant has increased from £6,943,000 in 2016/17 to £8,000,000 in 2017/18.

Written Answers — Home Office: Fraud (7 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office are supporting the rollout of the Action Fraud National ECVCU. The project is a proof of concept being trialled in West Midlands and Greater Manchester, and is built on an early Pan London concept. Fraud victims whose cases do not meet Action Fraud's threshold for investigation in these force areas are given two levels of service, if they are vulnerable they are offered a...

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments: Horses (6 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The 2017 Annual Statistics show an increase in the number of scientific procedures involving horses from 8,948 procedures in 2016, to 10,600 procedures in 2017. This increase is accounted for by an increased collection of blood from those animals. Each blood collection is counted as a separate procedure and horses are used many times for this low severity procedure. Blood products are used...

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (6 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: The HO has published clear guidance on the Household Products testing ban, which is available on Gov.uk The Household Products Testing ban has been in place since 2015.

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (6 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: Neuromuscular blocking agents were licensed for use, without general anaesthetic, for basic research on zebra fish fry for the purposes of research into the functioning of the nervous system. The procedures authorised were non-invasive imaging. The procedures are not painful, and although at this stage the fry do not need to move for respiration, they are kept in water while being imaged. The...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (6 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am today placing in the Libraries of both Houses the Department’s analysis of the application of Standing Order 83L of the Standing Orders of the House in respect of the Government amendments tabled for Commons Report stage of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill scheduled for 11 September 2018. The analysis should be read alongside annex C to the Explanatory Notes to the...

Organised Crime: Young People’s Safety — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (5 Sep 2018)

Ben Wallace: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I thank the hon. Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) for securing this debate. I take the issue incredibly seriously, as do my colleagues. As the Minister for Security, my portfolio covers what we have just seen in the Chamber—the GRU, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. However, the part of my portfolio that scares me the...


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