Home Affairs Committee


The Home Affairs Committee today announced that it will hold a short inquiry into the Government's proposals for new counter-terrorism legislation, set out in the Home Secretary's statement to the House on 7 June.

The inquiry is likely to consist of two or three evidence sessions held between July and October. Details of dates and witnesses will be announced in due course.

The Government's proposals include:

€ Extension of pre-charge detention powers beyond the current limit of 28 days

€ New police power to question suspects after charges have been brought

€ Notification requirements for convicted terrorists who leave prison

€ Enhanced sentences where terrorists are convicted of general offences

€ Changes to control orders in respect of fingerprinting, DNA and powers of entry

€ Data-sharing powers for the intelligence and security services placed on a statutory basis

€ Police counter-terrorism DNA database put on same statutory footing as national DNA database

€ A review of the use of intercept evidence in court.

The Committee is seeking written submissions on any of the above proposals, and also on any other matters which might be relevant to the Counter-Terrorism Bill expected in the next Session of Parliament.

Submissions should consist of no more than 2,500 words. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Wednesday 11 July 2007. Further advice on making a submission can be found overleaf.

N.B. In addition, the Committee has requested written evidence from the Home Office setting out the Government's case for their counter-terrorism proposals in greater detail. It is proposed to publish this when received and invite further comments from interested parties.


Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk. The use of colour and expensive-to-print material, e.g. photographs, should be avoided. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

Please bear in mind that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.