The last of my six annual reports into the operation of the Terrorism Acts was laid before Parliament on 1 December.¬† It¬†can be found¬†in web-accessible and print versions¬†here¬†– or¬†open this PDF terrorism-acts-report-1-dec-2016¬†. Read more…
The report of my Bulk Powers Review, which I¬†delivered to the Prime Minister on 7 August,¬†was published to Parliament (in unaltered form, and without redactions or confidential annex) at 11 am today.
Web and print versions of the report are on the gov.uk website, and a¬†PDF copy of the report¬†is here:¬†Bulk Powers Review – final report.¬† It begins with a¬†1-page Executive Summary.¬†¬† The document speaks for itself,¬†and I will not be doing any media around the launch.
I would emphasise the following points: Read more…
The Immigration Act 2014 revived the Home Secretary’s power to remove citizenship from UK nationals, even when they have no other citizenship.¬† Such a power existed prior to 2003, though it had not been used since 1973.
So controversial was this power (which¬†in its application to single nationals exceeds powers recently introduced or debated in Australia, Canada and France) that Parliament insisted on provision¬†being made for¬†the independent review of its operation.¬† The Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire MP, asked me to conduct the first review.
The first report on the new power was laid before Parliament on 21 April.¬† The power has not so far been used, so¬†strictly speaking¬†there was nothing to report on.¬† But I¬†took the opportunity in my report to explain the historical and comparative background to the power, and to¬†set out¬†some reasons for scepticism as to¬†its utility¬†in the global fight against terrorism.
My annual report on the operation of the Terrorism Acts 2000 and 2006 was laid before Parliament by the Home Secretary¬†on the morning of Thursday 17 September.¬† You can download it here:
“A Question of Trust”, the report of my Investigatory Powers Review under DRIPA 2014 s7, was laid before Parliament today.¬† It¬†can be accessed below¬†in print¬†and web accessible versions, together with the accompanying press release and (so far as the authors were willing for it to be published) the evidence submitted to the Review in writing.¬† The Report is also ¬†available¬†free¬†of charge from¬†the following¬†sites:
The reports of independent reviewers from Lord Shackleton (1978) to John Rowe Q.C. (2001), together with Government responses,¬†can be found on this external site.¬†¬†The reports are in UK copyright libraries but most of them became available on the internet only in 2014, thanks to Mitch Hanley and a grant from Harvard University.