Counter-Terrorism Act 2008
Progress of the Bill
Bill started in the House of Commons
- House of Commons
- House of Lords
- Royal Assent
- Royal Assent 26 November, 2008 | 26.11.2008
Act of Parliament
This Act is being prepared for publication.
Summary of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008
The Bill contains a number of provisions which the Government states are designed to enhance counter-terrorism powers. The main elements of the Bill are:
- a provision to allow the pre-charge detention of terrorist suspects to be extended from 28 days to 42 days in certain circumstances
- changes to enable the post-charge questioning of terrorist suspects and the drawing of adverse inferences from silence
- imposing requirements on people convicted of terrorist offences to let authorities know where they are living and any changes to their circumstances
- enhanced sentencing of offenders who commit offences with a terrorist connection
- provision for inquests and inquiries to be heard without a jury.
The Bill would also confer further powers to gather and share information for counter-terrorism and other purposes, and amend the law relating to asset-freezing procedures.
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