To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been stopped under Schedule 7 (Port and Border Controls) to the Terrorism Act 2000 since 2004; and how many of those people have been (a) detained, (b) arrested, and (c) subsequently convicted of a terrorist offence. [HL199]
The use of Schedule 7 powers of examination is an important tool in countering terrorism and those who would seek to do harm to the UK and its interests. Terrorists often need to travel across borders to plan, prepare and initiate their acts and these powers are essential in identifying those individuals.
Examinations for longer than one hour are recorded centrally; there were 10,404 examinations in the period between 1 January 2004 and 30 September 2009.
Of these, 1,110 persons were detained under the examining officer powers in Schedules 7 and 8 for the same period.
There were 99 arrests of persons examined under Schedule 7 during this period for terrorism-related offences, of which 17 were initially charged in relation to offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 and 31 were charged with other terrorist-related offences.
Of those charges there were 43 convictions. Some individuals will have been charged with more than one offence or had a charge varied later on advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.
The powers contained in Schedule 7 are kept under scrutiny by the noble Lord Carlile of Berriew, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.
The Home Office collates statistics on the number of terrorism arrests and included these data in a bulletin published for the first time on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008). These statistics include data on the ethnic appearance of suspects on arrest in the period 2005-06 to 2007-08. These statistics however do not include detail on the ethnic appearance of suspects on arrest prior to 2005-06; nor do these statistics include detail on the religious background of persons stopped, detained and arrested. The first edition of the bulletin is available at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb0409.pdf.
The second issue of the bulletin was published on 26 November 2009 and contains data on the ethnic appearance only of suspects on arrest from 2005-06 to 2008-09. The second edition of the bulletin is available via the link below at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/hosb1809.pdf.
The Ministry of Justice collates statistics on the ethnic background of persons stopped and arrested under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in its annual bulletin, most recently published in April 2009 (Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System 2007-08). These statistics however do not include detail on the religious background of persons stopped and arrested. The latest bulletin is available at http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/stats-race-criminal-justice-system-07-08-full.pdf.
The Home Office does not hold statistics which are recorded in this way. However, the Home Office collates statistics on the number of terrorism arrests included in a bulletin published for the first time on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008). The first edition of the bulletin is available at:
The second issue of the bulletin was published on 26th November 2009 and is available via the link below: