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Key points: Brown speech

Key points from Gordon Brown's speech to the Royal United Services Institute on the threat of global terrorism:


  • Co-ordinating the way international terrorism is addressed will be a central feature of the coming spending review. Addressing the reality, causes and roots of international terrorism is one of the greatest new challenges of our times.

  • This is the first of a series of speeches about how Britain in the future will play its part in the defeat of global terrorist violence.

  • "The terrorist threat has not diminished and will not diminish until we defeat it."

  • Recent terrorist plots have been of a different scale to the kind of terrorism Britain has faced previously, in that they often involve suicide bombings with the potential threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

  • Terrorists operate across continents and have networks across countries.

  • By 2008 a further 75m will be added to the Metropolitan Police budget for counter terrorism and a further 135m for regional intelligence and investigation - a total of 230m nationwide.

  • There will be investment of 2bn a year on counter-terrorism and resilience.

  • Ministers will work to prevent terrorist financing and will formally seek the chair of the worldwide Financial Action Task Force in Cape Town on Tuesday.

  • Passengers will be electronically screened as they check in so terrorist suspects can be identified and stopped before they board planes, trains and boats to Britain.

  • The UK will move towards an integrated electronic border security system, linking biometric passports and visas with electronic checks on entry and exit, helping to track and intercept terrorists and criminals and to stop illegal immigration.

    ID cards

  • An identity card scheme will make necessary security checks easier and prevent people from using multiple identities for criminal or terrorist purposes.

  • An independent commissioner should have oversight of the national register database and how it is used, and individuals will have the right to see information held on them.

  • Any decision on moving from a voluntary ID card scheme to a compulsory one will require explicit approval of Parliament.

    Detention without trial

  • The nature of the new terror threats means police often have to arrest people earlier in an investigation than they might have done before, so sometimes need longer to detain terror suspects before they are charged.

  • Mr Brown said that it must be possible to put in place the necessary safeguards to persuade MPs to allow to the extension beyond 28 days of the time police are allowed to detain suspects without trial. A government proposal to extend the limit to 90 days was defeated last year. Mr Brown did not specify how far past 28 days he wanted the time limit to go.

    Glorification of terrorism

  • Withdrawing the new offence of the glorification of terrorism from the definition of indirect incitement, or from the grounds of proscribing organisations, would send a signal that a consensus could not be reached on how serious the issue was.

    Veterans Day:

  • A National Veterans' Day will be introduced with veterans presented with medals at local ceremonies. Veterans badges will be given to all those who served until 1960, including all who did national service.

  • The Treasury will allocate 1.5m towards funding a memorial to dead service men and women.

    Cadet forces:

  • Cadet forces will be piloted, especially in state schools. Young people will be asked to volunteer to tape and video the memories of veterans for a national archive.

    Full text: Brown speech
    13 Feb 06 |  UK Politics

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