The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill is an urgently-needed response to the increased terrorist threat. It therefore relates to the matters of counter-terrorism and national security, which are reserved or excepted matters.
However, given its impact on bodies in Northern Ireland, including the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Home Office consulted Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Executive officials (from the Department of Justice) prior
to introduction, also sharing draft clauses of the relevant provisions.
I have also written to David Ford MLA, the Minister for Justice in Northern Ireland, to set out the Government’s position formally. The Home Office is continuing to consult the Executive while the Bill is going through Parliament,
in order to discuss how these provisions should apply in practice.