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Terrorism Legislation

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2006; and what recent representations he has received about the operation of this Act. (95127)

The Terrorism Act 2006 creates a number of new offences including acts preparatory to terrorism; encouragement to terrorism, including glorification of terrorism; dissemination of terrorist publications; and giving or receiving terrorist training. The Act also makes amendments to existing legislation, including extending police powers to detain suspects after arrest for up to 28 days; improved search powers at ports; and increased flexibility of the proscription regime, including the power to proscribe groups that glorify terrorism.

The Terrorism Act 2006 received Royal Assent on 30 March 2006. The majority of its provisions came into force on 13 April 2006, with the exception of sections 23-25 covering pre-charge detention which came into force on 25 July 2006.

We regularly receive representations from interested parties, such as Members of Parliament and members of the public, on the Terrorism Act 2006.