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Justice and Security Bill part two

On 18 December 2012 MPs passed the Justice and Security Bill at second reading.

MPs voted in favour of the legislation by 262 votes to 18, a majority of 244.

Labour did not oppose the bill at second reading but said it would "use the committee stage to seek further improvements to it".

The bill includes plans to allow more civil courts to examine secret intelligence evidence in private.

During the bill's passage through the Lords, peers inflicted three defeats on the government over its proposals for this type of secret hearing.

The bill also allows for:

  • the decision to withhold sensitive material to be taken by a minister
  • the clarification of courts' legal obligations to summarise sensitive material to interested party when closed material procedures are used
  • the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) to have greater powers to solicit information from the security services, and the ISC to be made a statutory committee of Parliament.

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