Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Commons stages

11 September 2018

MPs will consider Lords amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Consideration of Lords amendments

MPs are to consider Lords amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. Proceedings are expected to commence at around 2.15pm, following the Ten Minute Rule Motion on Green Deal (Conduct of Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd).

Timings are approximate as parliamentary business is subject to change.

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available in Hansard online three hours after they happen.

Previous Commons stages

Second reading

The debate was opened by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sajid Javid. His opposite number, Diane Abbott responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The bill passed its second reading in the Commons without a division, and was then considered by a public bill committee.

Public Bill Committee

The Bill was debated in Committee stage on the 26, 28 of June, and the 3, 5, 10 of July 2018.

Remaining stages

Report stage and Third reading of the Bill took place on Tuesday 11 September 2018. A number of divisions took place. The House of Commons approved New Clause 2 to the Bill by 292 to 47 (Division 235). This new clause makes it an offence, under the Terrorism Act 2000, for UK nationals and residents to enter or remain in a 'designated' area outside the UK for the purpose of protecting the public from a risk of terrorism. The Bill went on to pass third reading with a division. (Division 238).

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill

Summary of the Bill

The Bill follows the Government’s reviews of its counter-terrorism strategy and of counter terrorism legislation. Part 1 of the Bill would bring in the legislative changes arising from those reviews. These changes would include:

  • Make it an offence to express an opinion or belief that is supportive of a proscribed organisation in certain circumstances.
  • Criminalise the publication of certain images which would arouse reasonable suspicion that the offender was a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation.
  • Strengthen the existing offence of downloading terrorist material and extend it to streaming such material, where this is done on three or more occasions.

Part 2 of the Bill is in response to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March 2018 with a nerve agent. Clause 20 and schedule 3 would bring in powers to stop, question, search and detain people at ports and borders to determine whether they appear to be (or have been) engaged in hostile activity.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill
and find out how a bill becomes an act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for the second reading.

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