Counter Terrorism Proposals


The Home Affairs Committee announced on 27 June 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.

Yesterday, 26 July, the Government published further papers giving more detail about its proposals: a ₓfuller counter-terrorism bill content paperâ‚? and a paper on pre-charge detention in terrorist cases. Here is a link:

The Committee would be grateful to receive written evidence commenting on the Government's latest proposals.

The Committee will hold three evidence sessions in this inquiry in October. Details of dates and witnesses will be announced in due course.

Submissions should consist of no more than 2,500 words. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Friday 21 September 2007. Further advice on making a submission can be found overleaf.


Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format-not PDF format-and sent by e-mail to 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

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.