To ask Her Majesty's Government how many organisations have been proscribed under terrorism legislation in each of the last eight years which (a) are for all practical purposes the same as a proscribed organisation, and (b) are proscribed organisations operating under a different name.
In accordance with Section 3(6)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000 (inserted by the Terrorism Act 2006), where the Secretary of State believes that a proscribed organisation listed in Schedule 2 is operating wholly or partly under another name, she may make an order, providing that name is to be treated as another name for the proscribed organisation. The effect of such an order is that the Act has effect as if the organisation were listed in Schedule 2 under both names.
The power in Section 3(6)(a) has been exercised on two occasions. On
The related power in Section 3(6)(b) permits the Secretary of State to provide that a name not specified in Schedule two is to be treated as another name for a proscribed organisation where she believes the other name is for all practical purposes the same as the proscibed organisation. The power in Section 3(6)(b) has yet to be exercised.