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Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what restrictions are placed on the activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam within the UK; (181339)

(2) what plans she has to reconsider the restrictions placed on the activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;

(3) how often she reviews the proscription of organisations considered to be involved in terrorism;

(4) whether the proscriptions of organisations under the Terrorism Act 2000 are indefinite; and if she will make a statement.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was proscribed by the then Home Secretary in 2001. The Terrorism Act 2000 contains a number of offences relating to proscribed organisations including membership, fundraising, inviting support and wearing clothes or displaying articles so as to arouse reasonable suspicion that the wearer is a member or supporter of any such organisation. The Police and Crown Prosecution Service are responsible for, respectively, investigating and prosecuting offences under this legislation.

The proscription of organisations is not subject to a time limit. And an organisation which is proscribed can only be de-proscribed by an order subject to the positive resolution procedure removing it from schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000. However, it is our policy and practice to review regularly proscribed organisations on the current list and to assess whether they should continue to be proscribed. Any person who is affected by an organisation's proscription can apply to the Secretary of State for it to be de-proscribed, and we take any such requests very seriously.