Terrorism Bill — Extension Of Period Of Detention to 28 Days — but not 60 — 9 Nov 2005 at 16:39
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|Policy||Vote (in this division)|
|Terrorism laws - Against (provisional)||abstain|
|Common Sense Party (provisional)||aye|
|No detention without charge or trial||abstain|
|Pro-human rights, pro-democracy (provisional)||no|
|Labour's Terrorism laws - For||abstain|
The majority of MPs voted to change the revision of the period of detention without charge for terrorist suspects from 14 days to "three months", to "28 days" instead.
The previous vote was against restating "three months" as "90 days", which would have ended the winner-takes-all voting procedure.
Had this current vote been lost, the next voted would been about changing the plan to "60 days".
Some people called this a Dutch auction. However, it's worse than that because the time periods were not presented in an appropriate order, and those who wanted a shorter time limit were compelled to vote for the 28 days after rejecting the 90 day limit for fear that the 60 day limit would have stuck.
(A case where the provisions were presented in the correct order and voted on like a real auction can be seen on 20 May 2008 in relation to the Termination of pregnancy.)
The original powers of the police to detain terrorist suspects -- without stating the charges against the person -- for longer than other criminal acts (still limited to 48 hours) was established by the Terrorism Act 2000 and set to 7 days.
-  David Winnick MP, House of Commons, 9 November 2005
-  Extention to 90 days - rejected, House of Commons Division, 9 November 2005
-  Warrants of further detention, Section 29, Schedule 8 of Terrorism Act 2000
-  Limit on period of detention without charge of suspected terrorists, Section 306, Criminal Justice Act 2003
-  Beverley Hughes MP, House of Commons, 20 May 2003
-  Expiry or renewal of extended maximum detention period, Clause 25, Terrorism Act 2005
-  Tony McNulty MP, House of Commons, 10 July 2007
-  The Terrorism Act 2006 (Disapplication of Section 25) Order 2008, 25 July 2008