Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2003-04, dated 14 June 2004 


The Home Affairs Committee will take oral evidence from a number of witnesses to explore issues surrounding the use of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 on Thursday 8 July at 9.45 am. The witnesses will include the Chief Constable of Manchester and representatives from the Commission for Racial Equality, the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Muslim Council of Great Britain. This will be a single evidence session and is not part of a longer inquiry. It is expected that the Committee will cover a range of current issues relating to the use of the new powers by the police, including the effectiveness of these powers, the appropriate threshold for decisions to stop and search and to make arrests and the impact of the use of these powers on community relations.

In advance of this meeting, the Committee is seeking short written submissions from interested parties, highlighting issues which should be raised at this meeting. The Committee is not able to investigate individual cases. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so no later than Monday 28 June.

Submissions should be in the form of a self-contained memorandum with numbered paragraphs, not exceeding 2,000 words in length. The memorandum should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for this meeting. If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation. The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below. If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

This session will take place in either the Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House committee rooms. This session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to confirm these details closer to the meeting please telephone the Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033.