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Northern Ireland Counter-Terrorism Bill
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This bill aims to renew special anti-terrorist provisions designed to deal with the specific security situation that exists in Northern Ireland.

MAIN PROVISIONS
BILL'S PROGRESS
Responsible department: Northern Ireland Office
Origin: Commons
Introduced: 11 Oct 2005
Second reading: 31 Oct 2005
Committee stage: 8 Nov 2005
Remaining stages: 30 Nov 2005
LORDS:
First reading: 1 Dec 2005
Second reading: 20 Dec 2005
Committee stage: 12 & 18 Jan 2006
Third reading: 14 Feb 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 17 Feb 2006
  • The Government is committed to the ultimate removal of all special security provisions when the security situation allows
  • A decision on whether and in what form these provisions are retained can only be taken on the basis of the prevailing security situation at the time and, if necessary, a Bill will be brought forward in the autumn

    BACKGROUND
    It could also renew the Northern Ireland-specific provisions currently contained in Part VII of the Terrorism Act 2000, which are subject to annual renewal but expire completely in February 2006.


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