Commons debate statutory instrument on terrorism

23 November 2012

MPs debated a statutory instrument on proscribed organisations - terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law, in the House of Commons on Thursday 22 November 2012

The statutory instrument was approved by the House of Commons on question (no division).

Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2012

The draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2012 was laid on 19 November 2012 under the affirmative procedure.

The instrument had to be approved by the House of Commons and House of Lords before it can come into force. The instrument has not yet been considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

Once approved the instrument will add  'Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa) (Ansaru)' to the list of proscribed organisations in the Terrorism Act 2000.

Statutory Instruments

Statutory instruments are a type of delegated legislation. Delegated legislation allows the Government to make changes to a law without needing to push through a completely new Act of Parliament.

The original Act (also known as primary legislation) would have provisions that allow for future delegated legislation to alter the law to differing degrees.

These changes range from the technical, like altering the level of a fine, to fleshing out Acts with greater detail; often an Act contains only a broad framework of its purpose and more complex content is added through delegated legislation.

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