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Counter-Terrorism Bill

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the advice she has received on the compatibility of the provisions of the Counter-Terrorism Bill with (a) race relations legislation and (b) the Human Rights Act 1998; and if she will make a statement. (204133)

We are confident that our proposals in the Counter-Terrorism Bill are compatible with the ECHR and will not operate in any way that is unlawfully discriminatory. The powers within terrorism legislation are not aimed at those of a particular race, religion, or at any other group. They are aimed at terrorists, whatever background or section of society they may come from. The new provisions on pre-charge detention will apply to anyone arrested while the powers are available—regardless of their nationality, race or religion etc. The Secretary of State has published a Race and Equality Impact Assessment to go alongside the Bill and has set out in the explanatory notes to the Bill the basis on which she considers the Bill's provisions to be compatible with the ECHR.