The Joint Committee on Human Rights takes evidence on the Counter Terrorism Bill.
Purpose of the session
The session will focus on proposals for amended criminal offences, increased sentences for some offences and introduction of stop and search powers.
Likely areas of discussion in relation to the Bill include:
- The amendment of existing terrorism offences and whether these are necessary or proportionate.
- The increase in maximum sentences for certain terrorism offences, as well as the expansion of extended sentences.
- The greater role for local authorities in the Prevent/Channel process.
- The introduction of stop and search powers at the ports and borders to determine whether a person is engaged in “hostile activity”, is this a proportionate response to the Skripal case, for example?
- The establishment of a Terrorist Offenders Register.
Wednesday 20 June, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster.
- Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
- Corey Stoughton, Advocacy Director, Liberty