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USE OF SECTION 44 OF THE TERRORISM ACT (2000) TO SEARCH DEMONSTRATORS AT RAF FAIRFORD

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1684: tabled on 16 September 2004

Tabled in the 2003-04 session.

This motion has been signed by 22 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that according to Gloucestershire police, during the two periods of authorisation covering 6th March to 27th April 2003, stop and search powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 were used on a total of 2,132 occasions in the vicinity of RAF Fairford whilst by contrast, during the same period there were only 56 searches pursuant to stop and search under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; also notes that in correspondence with the honourable Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak, the Home Office states that no one was subsequently arrested or prosecuted as a result of the 2,132 searches under the Terrorism Act; therefore questions why section 44 was used for stop and search purposes by police and concludes that the 2,132 searches of demonstrators under the Terrorism Act amounts to harassment of people demonstrating against the war on Iraq.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.