Second reading of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill

08 June 2011

Secretary of State for the Home Department, Theresa May, introduced the second reading of the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 June

The Bill passed without a vote and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee. Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department, Yvette Cooper, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Have your say

The Bill has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee for scrutiny and there is a call for written evidence.

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government's Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill? If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

Guidance for submitting written evidence

Deadline for submissions

The Committee is able to receive written evidence from Tuesday 7 June, when the Bill passes the Second Reading Stage; and will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Tuesday 5 July. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. The Public Bill Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 21 June.

Summary of the Bill

On 26 January 2011 the Home Secretary announced the outcome of the review of counter-terrorism and security powers, including the review of control orders. This included a commitment to repeal control orders and replace them with a more focussed and less intrusive system of terrorism prevention and investigation measures.

The Bill abolishes the system of control orders, established under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, and replaces it with a new regime designed to protect the public from terrorism, called Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation on the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill. Also find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

Second reading

Second reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.

What happens at second reading?

The Government minister, spokesperson or MP responsible for the Bill opens the second reading debate. The official Opposition spokesperson responds with their views on the Bill.

The debate continues with other Opposition parties and backbench MPs giving their opinions. At the end of the debate, the Commons decides whether the Bill should be given its second reading by voting, meaning it can proceed to the next stage.

What happens after second reading?

The Bill proceeds to committee stage and will be considered in a Public Bill Committee. Each clause (part) and any amendments (proposals for change) to the Bill may be debated.

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