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Campaign supports amendments to National Security Bill

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is urging peers to support Amendment 75 tabled by Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames and Lord Purvis of Tweed to create a public interest defence to the offences under clauses 1 to 5 the National Security Bill. The amendment will be debated during the Bill’s committee stage which started on 19th December 2022. 

The detailed briefing we produced for second reading sets out our concerns about the extremely broad scope of the offences in clauses 1 to 3 in particular. The briefing contains examples of the way in which people who should not be caught by this legislation at all could commit offences carrying penalties of up to either 14 years or life imprisonment. These illustrate why a public interest defence to charges under the Bill is necessary.

We also support the following amendments that would restrict the scope of the offences in clauses 1-3 and 16 of the Bill:

  • Amendments 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 49 tabled by Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames and Lord Purvis of Tweed
  • Amendment 3 tabled by Lord Coaker
  • Amendments 4, 8 and 16 tabled by Baroness Ludford
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