Terrorism Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART IV, TERRORIST INVESTIGATIONS - continued
Cordons - continued

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Police powers.     36. - (1) A constable in uniform may-
 
 
    (a) order a person in a cordoned area to leave it immediately;
 
    (b) order a person immediately to leave premises which are wholly or partly in or adjacent to a cordoned area;
 
    (c) order the driver or person in charge of a vehicle in a cordoned area to move it from the area immediately;
 
    (d) arrange for the removal of a vehicle from a cordoned area;
 
    (e) arrange for the movement of a vehicle within a cordoned area;
 
    (f) prohibit or restrict access to a cordoned area by pedestrians or vehicles.
      (2) A person commits an offence if he fails to comply with an order, prohibition or restriction imposed by virtue of subsection (1).
 
      (3) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (2) to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for his failure.
 
      (4) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (2) shall be liable on summary conviction to-
 
 
    (a) imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months,
 
    (b) a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale, or
 
    (c) both.
 
Information and evidence
Powers.     37. Schedule 5 (power to obtain information, &c.) shall have effect.
 
Financial information.     38. Schedule 6 (financial information) shall have effect.
 
Disclosure of information, &c.     39. - (1) Subsection (2) applies where a person knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a constable is conducting or proposes to conduct a terrorist investigation.
 
      (2) The person commits an offence if he-
 
 
    (a) discloses to another anything which is likely to prejudice the investigation, or
 
    (b) interferes with material which is likely to be relevant to the investigation.
      (3) Subsection (4) applies where a person knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a disclosure has been or will be made under any of sections 19 to 21.
 
      (4) The person commits an offence if he-
 
 
    (a) discloses to another anything which is likely to prejudice an investigation resulting from the disclosure under that section, or
 
    (b) interferes with material which is likely to be relevant to an investigation resulting from the disclosure under that section.
      (5) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (2) or (4) to prove-
 
 
    (a) that he did not know and had no reasonable cause to suspect that the disclosure or interference was likely to affect a terrorist investigation, or
 
    (b) that he had a reasonable excuse for the disclosure or interference.
      (6) Subsections (2) and (4) do not apply to a disclosure which is made by a professional legal adviser-
 
 
    (a) to his client or to his client's representative in connection with the provision of legal advice by the adviser to the client and not with a view to furthering a criminal purpose, or
 
    (b) to any person for the purpose of actual or contemplated legal proceedings and not with a view to furthering a criminal purpose.
      (7) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable-
 
 
    (a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, to a fine or to both, or
 
    (b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.
      (8) For the purposes of this section-
 
 
    (a) a reference to conducting a terrorist investigation includes a reference to taking part in the conduct of, or assisting, a terrorist investigation, and
 
    (b) a person interferes with material if he falsifies it, conceals it, destroys it or disposes of it, or if he causes or permits another to do any of those things.
 
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