Background of the work of the Committtee

The Home Secretary announced the outcome of the Counter-Terrorism Review on 26 January 2011.

These documents follow the review of counter-terrorism and security powers, and can also be found on the Home Office website:

In response to the review, the Home Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons on 26 January:

The Home Secretary’s review of counter terrorism and security powers recommended a reduction in the maximum period of pre charge detention for terrorist suspects from 28 to 14 days. To deal with any exceptional circumstances the review also recommended the publication of draft emergency legislation which could be introduced where more than 14 days was considered necessary, which would temporarily increase the maximum period back to 28 days.

Draft legislation was published on 11 February and is available to download below: