6 Reporting, review and renewal |
110. The Independent Reviewer, in his recent
evidence to us, was in favour in principle of annual review by
an independent reviewer, not least because of what he described
as the danger of "creep":
a procedure that is introduced in a small way
ends up being used quite a lot or a procedure that in introduced
as one procedure then crosses the species barrier into another
type of procedure and, before you know where you are, it is all
111. In view of the significance of what is
being provided for in the Bill, and its radical departure from
fundamental common law traditions, we recommend that the Bill
be amended to require the Secretary of State to report regularly
to Parliament about the use of the exceptional procedures contained
in the Bill, and providing for both independent review by the
Independent Reviewer and for annual renewal.
112. The following amendment would give effect
to this recommendation:
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Reporting and review
'(1) As soon as reasonably practicable after the
end of every 3 month period the Secretary of State must
(a) prepare a report about his exercise of the powers conferred
on him under this Part of this Act during that period; and
(b) lay a copy of that Report before Parliament.
(2)The person appointed by the Secretary of State
to review the operation of the provisions of the Terrorism Act
2000 and Part 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 must also carry out
an annual review of the operation of the provisions of this Part
of this Act.'
(1) The Secretary of State's powers under Part 2 of this Act
expire at the end of the period of one year beginning with the
day on which this Act is passed.
(2) The Secretary of State may, by order made by statutory
instrument, provide that the Secretary of State's powers under
Part 2 of this Act are not to expire at the time when they would
otherwise expire under subsection (1) or in accordance with an
order under this subsection but are to continue in force after
that time for a period not exceeding one year.
(3) An order under this section may not be made unless a draft
of it has been laid before parliament and approved by a resolution
of each House.'
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