Counter-Terrorism Bill — Extension of period of detention to 42 days — Process — 11 Jun 2008 at 17:45
Diane Abbott MP, Hackney North and Stoke Newington voted in the minority (No).
The majority of MPs voted to extend the period of police detention without making any criminal charges of terrorist suspects from 28 days to 42 days, subject to a complex series of bureaucratic procedures. See also the next vote which outlined the powers themselves.
The procedures include:
- Statement - The Home Secretary must make a statement that a grave exceptional terrorist threat has occurred or is occurring for which this power to detain suspects without charge beyond 28 days is necessary for the purposes of investigation and bringing to justice those responsible.
- Legal advice - Independent legal advice (from a lawyer not employed by the Government) must be obtained as to whether the Home Secretary can be properly satisfied by his or her statement.
- DPP report - A report must be made by the Director of Public Prosecutions and the chief police officer which states that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the detention of one or more persons beyond 28 days will be necessary to obtain or preserve evidence that relates to the commission by the detained person or persons of a serious terrorist offence.
- Committee chairs - A copy of the legal advice and the report must be provided in confidence to the chairmen of the Home Affairs Committee, Joint Committee on Human Rights, and the Intelligence and Security Committee.
A comparison between MPs' votes on the 90 day detention and this 42 day detention is here or reported in the Guardian here. The list of related Parliamentary votes on detaining persons without charge is here.
-  Terrorism Bill — Extension Of Period Of Detention to 28 Days, House of Commons Division, 9 November 2005
-  Statement to be laid before Parliament, New Clause
-  Independent legal advice, New Clause
-  Report of operational need for further extension of maximum period of detention, New Clause, 11 June 2008
-  Notification of chairmen of certain committees, New Clause
-  Blacklist of MPs in terror bill rebellion, The Times, 20 April 2008
-  Energy Bill - Renewable energy feed-in tariff - rejected, House of Commons Division, 30 April 2008
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||1||189 (+1 tell)||0||99.5%|
|Lab||301 (+2 tell)||36||1||96.9%|
|LDem||0||62 (+1 tell)||0||100.0%|