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This page has references to current government comments on the misuse of police anti-terror search powers at DSEi.  This page only has a reference to each of the government comments, so click here if you wish to see a page with the complete text of all government comments. Please also visit the early Government Comment page which features comment that pre-dates the policing of DSEi 2003 (including Jack Straw's confident assertions that the Terrorism Act wasn't going to be used to deter protest 14/12/1999).

 

Home Affairs Select Committee - Minutes of Evidence (11th September, 2003)

Blunkett questioned about Section 44 searches by David Winnick at Q52-Q65

 

Joint Committee on Draft Civil Contingencies Bill - Minutes of Evidence (16 September 2003)

Ms Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty and Dr Eric Metcalfe, Director of Human Rights Policy, Justice, examined as witnesses. See Q188 for Chakrabarti's reference to Section 44 searches.

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 410 Part No. 137 (16 September 2003)

Column 662W - Anti-terrorism Legislation (16 September 2003)
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of anti-terrorism legislation against the protesters at the Excel Exhibition Centre in East London on 9 September. [129947]

 

House of Lords Debate (18 September, 2003)

House of Lords: Docklands Arms Fair: Arrests

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 410 Part No. 139 (6 October 2003)

Column 1204W - Anti Terrorism Measures (6th October 2003)
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will hold an inquiry into how anti-terrorism legislation is performing, with specific reference to the monitoring of police use of that legislation. [130579]

Column 1242W - Peaceful Demonstrations (6th October 2003)
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 in relation to peaceful demonstrations. [130221]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 411 Part No. 141 (14 October 2003)

Column 121W - Arms Sales Exhibition (Excel Centre) (14 Oct 2003)
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of policing the arms sales exhibition at the Excel Centre in London. [130294]

 

House of Lords Written Questions - Volume No. 653 Part No. 149 (14 October 2003)

Column WA106 - Defence Systems and Equipment International (14 October 2003)
Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost to public funds, including expenditure on policing and security, of the recent Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEI); and what benefits they estimate to have accrued to the British economy.[HL4625]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 411 Part No. 141 (15 October 2003)

Column 260W - Lawful Protests (RAF Fairford) (15 October 2003)
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions police officers used powers provided by the Terrorism Act 2000 during protests at (a) RAF Fairford and (b) the Mining Bomb Store at Welford, Berkshire. [130344]

Column 261W - Terrorism (15 October 2003)
Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many notices under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 he has signed this year relating to (a) London and (b) the rest of England; and if he will make a statement. [131300]

Column 262W - Policing (15 October 2003)
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) proportion and (b) total amount of (i) total Government spending and (ii) gross domestic product was spent on policing in each of the last five years; and what the projected proportion of total Government spending is in the next two years. [121967]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 411 Part No. 143 (20 October 2003)

Column 416W - Terrorism Act (20 October 2003)
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stops and searches have been carried out during 2003 by each police force in the UK under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. [131585]

Column 417W - Terrorism Act (20 October 2003)
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those stopped and searched during the current year under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 have been (a) arrested, (b) charged with an offence and (c) charged with a terrorism offence. [131586]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 411 Part No. 145 (22 October 2003)

Column 636W - Terrorism Act (22 October 2003)
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when, and for what areas, he has signed authorisations for the use by the police of section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. [131584]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 412 Part No. 148 (28 October 2003)

Column 179W - Terrorism (28 October 2003)
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Pike) of 15 October 2003, Official Report, column 260W, on terrorism, when section 44 powers were first used in London; on how many occasions and on what dates the powers have been confirmed since the Terrorism Act 2000 came into force; and whether the use of section 44 powers relates to specific areas of London or to the whole of the Metropolitan police area. [133966]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 412 Part No. 149 (29 October 2003)

Column 270W - Terrorism (29 October 2003)
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to the police on publicising the fact that powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 are in operation in the local area. [133967]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 413 Part No. 159 (17 November 2003)

Column 712W - Terrorism Act 2000 (17 November 2003)
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for authorisations under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 received in the last three years have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful. [138506]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 413 Part No. 460 (18 November 2003)

Column 828W - Excel Exhibition Centre Protesters (18 November 2003)
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd) of 16 September 2003, Official Report, column 662W, whether he has received the Metropolitan Police report; whether he intends to publish it; and if he will make a statement on the use of anti-terrorism legislation against the protesters at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London on 9 September. [139254]

Column 843W - Terrorism Act (18 November 2003)
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 4 November 2003, Official Report, column 575W, on the Terrorism Act, if he will break down the number of stop and searches under section 44 (1) and section 44 (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000 by (a) ethnicity and (b) gender in each year. [139267]

Column 843W - Terrorism Act (18 November 2003)
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for authorisations under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 have been received from (a) Avon and Somerset, (b) Merseyside, (c) West Midlands, (d) South Wales and (e) Northumbria police forces. [138507]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 413 Part No. 462 (20 November 2003)

Column 1185W - Terrorism (20 November 2003)
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and searches under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 have been carried out since demonstrations began at RAF Fairford; what the charges against those arrested were; and how many have resulted in successful prosecutions. [139088]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 415 Part No. 12 (16 December 2003)

Column 867W - Police (16 December 2003)
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those police forces in which authorisations under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 are in place; and which of these areas have been subject to rolling monthly authorisations during 2003. [143383]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 416 Part No. 22 (15 January 2004)

Column 892W - Terrorism Act (15 January 2004)
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the police have used powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000; how many individuals this involved; and if he will make a statement. [145288]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 417 Part No. 28 (27 January 2004)

Column 268W - Terrorism Act (27 January 2004)
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 15 January 2004, Official Report, column 894W, on the Terrorism Act, if he will break down, by region, the stops and searches carried out since 2001 under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000; what reasons were given for using these powers; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increases. [150329]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 417 Part No. 35 (5 February 2004)

Column 1042W - Terrorism Act (5 February 2004)
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 27January, Official Report, column 268W, on the Terrorism Act 2000, what research he has (a)commissioned and (b)evaluated on the ethnic origin of the individuals who have been stopped and searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. [152399]

Column 1042W - Terrorism Act (5 February 2004)
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 27January, Official Report, column 268W, on the Terrorism Act 2000, how many (a)arrests and (b)prosecutions have directly resulted from stop and searches carried out under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in (i) 2001–02 and (ii) 2002–03. [152400]

 

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 417 Part No. 36 (6 February 2004)

Column 1121W - Police (6 February 2004)
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and search warrants were made by police under the Terrorism Act 2000 in Gloucestershire in 2003, and how many of these resulted in (a)subsequent court action and (b)conviction. [152979]

 

Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2004 (First Standing Committee) - (26 February 2004)

Jane Kennedy presents findings about anti-terror searches in Column Number 16 (26 February 2004)

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 418 Part No. 53 (10 March 2004)

Column 1554W - Stop and Search (5 May 2004) -
Phil Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions his Department has made available additional funding for police authorities to cover the cost of large scale and expensive investigations in each of the last five years. [157371]

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 420 Part No. 80 (5 May 2004)

Column 1554W - Stop and Search (5 May 2004) - Please note, this is about the nature of non-terror searches at RAF Fairford - it is included here as a useful comparison with the Terrorism Searches that occured at Fairford.
Note: The following question refers to the 6 January 2004 Question 144695.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 January, Official Report, column 328W [question # 144695] , on stop and search, how many arrests resulted from the 56 searches conducted between 6 March and 27 April 2003 under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in the vicinity of RAF Fairford. [166992]

Blunkett's Answers to Written Questions - Volume No. 424 Part No. 125 (1 September 2004)

Column 875W - Stop and Search (1 September 2004)
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases are outstanding from the stop and search orders issued under Section 44 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 at the time of the use by the US Air Force of RAF Fairford. [183826]

Column 876W - Stop and Search (1 September 2004)
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the operation of stop and search powers in England (a) generally and (b) under counter-terrorism legislation. [183120]

Column 877W - Terrorism/Security Legislation (1 September 2004)
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the recent findings on the percentage of people of Asian origin arrested under terrorism and security legislation. [184174]

Written Questions Submitted But Not Yet Answered -

Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 17 June 2004
168 - Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the number of instances of stop-and-search under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 has risen in Hampshire between 2001-02 and 2002-03; and how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) convictions have resulted from these in connection with (i) terrorist-related and (ii) non-terrorist-related suspected offences. (177982)

 

USEFUL GOVT RELATED LINKS-

The Home Office, UK (website section with press releases, reports, and publications)
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/terrorism/reports/

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Review
(this site features Liberty, FAIR, and Lord Carlile's submissions)
http://www.atcsact-review.org.uk

(CAMPACC submission to the Privy Council review of the legislation)
Terrorising Minority Communities: ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Powers: their Use and Abuse
(Full statement of August 2003)
http://www.carf.demon.co.uk/pdf/campacc_submission.pdf