Members of the Lords, including a former director general of the Security Service and a former deputy assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 9 September.
Members discussed the pattern of radicalisation, new offences regarding expressing support for terrorist organisations and overseas travel.
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative), minister of state in the Home Office, responded on behalf of the government.
Committee stage, the first chance to amend the bill and make changes, is scheduled for Monday 29 October.
Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill summary
This bill aims to:
- Amend certain terrorism offences for the digital age and to reflect contemporary patterns of radicalisation
- Increase the maximum penalty for certain offences, ensuring the punishment better reflects the crime and better prevents re-offending
- Manage offenders following their release from custody
- Strengthen powers of the police to prevent and investigate terrorist offences
- Harden the UK's defences at the border against hostile state activity