Terrorism

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th April 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

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.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

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 14 July 2006, an order came into force which provided that the names "Kongra Gele Kurdistan" and "KADEK" will be treated as other names for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan) (PKK). On 11 March 2009, an order was laid before Parliament providing that the name "Jama'at ud Da'wa" is to be treated as another name for Lashkar e Tayyaba (LeT). This order is due to come into force today.

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.

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