The Joint Committee on the Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill, under Bob’s Chairmanship, was appointed to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny into the draft Bill and the policies it seeks to implement.
The Joint Committee has now concluded this work and published its Report on 27 November 2012.
Upon publication of the Report, Bob said:
“The draft ETPIMs Bill, if introduced by the Government and approved by Parliament, would bring in very stringent measures against suspected terrorists. The granting of these powers to the Government can only be justified in the most extreme circumstances.
“However, my Committee accepted that there may be circumstances in which such stringent measures are necessary and justifiable; it is therefore disappointing that the Government is vague about the types of circumstances that would lead to the introduction of this Bill. “Emergency legislation” like this Bill is difficult for Parliament to scrutinise properly and this Bill in particular does not lend itself to close questioning of the Government’s decisions. I therefore call on the Government to be more open about the situations in which it would introduce this Bill.”
You can view the full report here