Debate on 28 days renewal order for terrorist suspects

10 July 2009

David Hanson, Minister for Policing, Crime and Counter-Terrorism, introduced a motion in the Commons which called for the approval of a draft affirmative order relating to the Terrorism Act 2006. The order was approved

The Act gives the police the power to detain without charge for up to 28 days a person arrested on suspicion of being a terrorist. However this 28-day period has to be renewed annually and, unless what is known as an affirmative order is passed, the maximum period of pre-charge detention is reduced to 14 days.

To go through affirmative procedure refers to the process by which statutory instruments must be approved by both Houses to become law. Conversely negative procedure refers to statutory instruments which automatically become law unless there is an objection from either House.

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