Home Affairs Committee Press Notice


Oral evidence sessions

The Home Affairs Committee has arranged a series of evidence sessions to examine the Government's counter terrorism proposals, including examining the renewed calls to extend the maximium pre-charge detention period for terrorism suspects. New Chairman of the Comittee , Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"I am very pleased that we are able to have Sir Ian Blair and Assistant Commissioner Hayman giving evidence to the Committee tomorrow morning"

"The Prime Minister made it very clear on the 25th July that he wanted this issue revisited. If there is any case for longer pre-charge detention periods the police forces will be able to make it tomorrow."

Tuesday 9 October 2007 at 10.15 a.m.


10.15 am Metropolitan Police;

11.30 am Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC, the Government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation

Location (tbc): Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Thursday 11 October 2007 at 10.15 a.m.


10.15 am JUSTICE and Liberty

Location (tbc): Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Monday 22 October 2007 at 2.15 p.m.


2.15 pm Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department

Location (tbc): Grimond Room, Portcullis House

The sessions will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and timings are subject to change.

Details of this inquiry were set out in press notices issued on 27 June and 26 July 2007