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Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the prevention of terrorism legislation before the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1984 expires in March 1989.

I have asked Viscount Colville of Culross, QC, who carried out the 1986 annual scrutiny of the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1984 and will perform the same function in 1987, to carry out a general review of the Act. I am pleased to announce that Lord Colville has accepted my invitation. The terms of reference of his inquiry will be based on those given to Lord Shackleton and Lord Jellicoe when they reviewed the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Acts, 1974 and 1976, and will be as follows:

"Accepting the continuing need for legislation against terrorism, to assess the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1984, with particular regard to the effectiveness of the legislation and its effect on the liberties of the subject, and to report".
Lord Colville's report will be published as a Command Paper.Any individual or organisation who wishes to submit written observations on matters relevant to Lord Colville's terms of reference should write to him, before 31 July at: Room 14, Hepburn House, Marsham Street, London SWIP 4HW.