Proscribed Organisations

Home Department written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations have been proscribed using terrorism legislation; and for what reasons in each case.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Home Secretary, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

A total of 42 international terrorist groups, two domestic groups and 14 Irish groups are currently proscribed. There have been four orders to date. The first, proscribing 21 international organisations became effective in March 2001. The second, adding four more organisations, was in November 2002 after the bombings in Bali. The third was in October 2005, adding another 15 organisations to the list. The most recent order came into force on 26 July 2006 and added two organisations under the Terrorism Act 2000 and two organisations under powers introduced in the Terrorism Act 2006 for glorifying terrorism. The Irish groups were proscribed under the previous emergency legislation. A full list of proscribed organisations can be found at:

A copy of the list has been placed in the Library.

A summary of the reasons for the proscriptions of each group were laid in Parliament at the time of each order in an explanatory memorandum.

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