1.These Explanatory Notes relate to the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 which received Royal Assent on 14 December 2001. They have been prepared by the Home Office, Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in order to assist the reader of the Act and to help inform debate on it. They do not form part of the Act and have not been endorsed by Parliament.
2.The notes need to be read in conjunction with the Act. They are not, and are not meant to be, a comprehensive description of the Act. So where a section or part of a section does not seem to require any explanation, none is given.