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Terrorist Offences (Trial Powers)

Volume 977: debated on Wednesday 30 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied that adequate provision exists in United Kingdom law to enable courts to hear cases brought under the extraterritorial provisions of the European convention for the suppression of terrorism, and of the protocol thereto, signed at the European Summit in Dublin in December 1979.

:Yes, Section 4 of the Suppression of Terrorism Act 1978 confers on United Kingdom courts the jurisdiction required by article 6 of the European convention on the suppression of terrorism. The jurisdictional obligations of the agreement concerning the application of the European convention on the suppression of terrorism among the member States of the European Communities are those of the European convention itself. Section 4 of the 1978 Act would therefore enable the United Kingdom also to meet these obligations when the agreement enters into force.