Supplementary Memorandum by the Home Office
and Northern Ireland Office
The Government was grateful for the Select Committee's
report on the delegated powers to be found in the Terrorism Bill.
It has studied its comments and recommendations carefully.
With regard to the three recommendations for amendments
to the Bill, made at paragraph 46 of the report, the Government
accepts the points made by the Committee and plans to move amendments
consistent with the approach it suggests should be taken. That
is it intends to move amendments so that the order making powers
in Schedule 7 paragraph 17, and Schedule 8 paragraph 21 are subject
to the affirmative procedure for the first occasion they are used
and that Clause 118(1) should be subject to the negative resolution
The Government notes the observations made by the
Committee on other delegated powers in the Terrorism Bill and
in particular the issues on which it suggests the House might
wish to probe. It continues to believe that the powers as drafted
are defensible, but recognises there are issues on which the House
may wish to seek further explanation.
18 April 2000