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Proscribed Organisations

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the inclusion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the list of Proscribed Organisations in Schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in March 2001. (63113)

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was proscribed in March 2001 because the then Home Secretary, my right hon. Friend for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke), decided that it met the criteria for proscription laid down in Section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT) This decision was endorsed by Parliament. The list of proscribed organisations is kept under constant review. It is established policy not to comment further on any information or intelligence we hold in relation to a specific group on the list of proscribed organisations. The LTTE, or anyone affected by the proscription, may apply at any time to the Home Office be removed from the proscribed list. If such an application is unsuccessful an appeal can then be taken to the independent Proscribed Organisation Appeal Commission.