This House of Lords Library Briefing provides details on the provisions and House of Commons scrutiny of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill ahead of its second reading on 9 October 2018. The provisions in the Bill follow the Government’s continuing commitment to review and update its counter-terrorism strategy, and have also been introduced in response to terrorist attacks in the UK over the last few years.Jump to full report >>
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill is a government bill which, having completed its legislative stages in the House of Commons, was introduced in the House of Lords on 12 September 2018. It is scheduled to have its second reading on 9 October 2018. The Bill contains a range of counter-terrorism measures, many of which update, amend and add to those already set out in existing legislation. For example, the Bill would:
The provisions follow the Government’s commitment to review and update its counter-terrorism strategy, and are also a reaction to terrorist attacks in the UK over the last few years. In addition, the Bill would provide officials powers to stop, search and detain individuals at ports and borders to determine whether individuals are involved with, or have been involved with, “hostile state activity”. The Government has confirmed this is in response to the suspected involvement of Russia in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March 2018. Although the purpose of the Bill was largely supported by opposition parties in the House of Commons, concerns were raised over the operation and wording of several clauses, for example over the application of the port and border powers and over how some of the new or revised offences may effect innocent people.
This Briefing provides details on each of the Bill’s clauses (including consideration by the Joint Committee on Human Rights where applicable) and highlights some of the issues and amendments covered during the Bill’s House of Commons stages.
Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0097
Author: Russell Taylor