Government to consult on the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill

A six-week consultation has opened on the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, also known as Martyn’s Law.
14 Feb 24
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The Home Office has this week announced a consultation on the requirements imposed on premises with a capacity of 100-799. 

The Government has been developing novel legislation for the safety of the public to ensure organisations are better prepared for, and protected from, terrorist attacks. A draft Bill setting out the Government’s proposed approach was published in May 2023.

Martyn’s Law will require premises to undertake actions to increase their preparedness for, and protection from, a terrorist attack. Under the proposed law, premises with a capacity of 100-799 will be considered ‘Standard Tier’, and premises with a capacity of 800 or more will be a classed as an ‘Enhanced Tier.’  

Government asked the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the published draft Bill, as a result of which the approach to the Standard Tier has been revised to ensure that requirements are proportionate and clear, whilst ensuring that these achieve their primary objective of this tier: to implement simple procedures which could reduce harm and save lives in the event of an attack.

The Home Office has launched a consultation to ensure the public can share their views on these proposals for the Standard Tier, which will support policy decisions prior to the legislation’s introduction to Parliament.

In particular, the consultation seeks views from those responsible for smaller premises, especially those in the community and voluntary sector. The RYA encourages affiliates with premises and/or who hold events to participate in the consultation.  

The consultation is open until 18 March.

Take part in the Martyn’s Law consultation by visiting the GOV.UK website.  

If you have any questions on the consultation, please email the Home Office. 

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