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Terrorism Act 2006

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Terrorism Act 2006. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Summary

  2. Overview

  3. Territorial Extent

  4. Commentary

    1. Definitions

      1. Section 1 – Encouragement of terrorism

        1. Subsection (1)

        2. Subsection (2)

        3. Subsection (3)

        4. Subsection (4)

        5. Subsection (5)

        6. Subsection (6)

        7. Subsection (8)

      2. Section 2 – Dissemination of terrorist publications

        1. Subsection (1)

        2. Subsection (2)

        3. Subsection (3)

        4. Subsections (4) and (5)

        5. Subsection (6)

        6. Subsections (7) and (8)

        7. Subsections (9) and (10)

        8. Subsection (12)

        9. Subsection (13)

      3. Section 3 – Application of sections 1 and 2 to internet activity

        1. Subsection (1)

        2. Subsection (2)

        3. Subsection (3)

        4. Subsections (4) to (6)

      4. Section 4 – Giving of notices under s.3

        1. Subsection (1)

        2. Subsections (2) to (4)

        3. Subsection (7)

      5. Section 5 – Preparation of terrorist acts

        1. Subsections (1) and (2)

      6. Section 6 – Training for terrorism

        1. Subsections (1) and (2)

        2. Subsection (3)

        3. Subsection (4)

        4. Subsection (6)

        5. Subsection (7)

      7. Section 7 – Powers of forfeiture in respect of offences under s.6

      8. Section 8 – Attendance at a place used for terrorist training

        1. Subsections (1) to (3)

        2. Subsection (5)

      9. Section 9 – Making and possession of devices or materials

        1. Subsections (1) and (2)

        2. Subsections (4) and (5)

      10. Section 10 – Misuse of devices or material and misuse and damage of facilities

        1. Subsections (1) and (2)

        2. Subsections (4) and (5)

      11. Section 11 – Terrorist threats relating to devices, materials or facilities

        1. Subsection (1)

        2. Subsection (2)

        3. Subsection (3)

      12. Section 12 - Trespassing on nuclear sites

        1. Subsection (2)

        2. Subsection (3)

        3. Subsection (4)

      13. Section 13 – Maximum penalty for possessing for terrorist purposes

        1. Subsections (1) and (2)

      14. Section 14 – Maximum penalty for certain offences relating to nuclear material

      15. Section 15 – Maximum penalty for contravening notice relating to encrypted information

      16. Section 16 – Preparatory hearings in terrorism cases

        1. Subsection (2)

        2. Subsections (3) to (5)

      17. Section 17 – Commission of offences abroad

        1. Subsections (1) to (3)

        2. Subsection (4)

        3. Subsections (5) and (6)

      18. Section 18 – Liability of company directors

      19. Section 19 – Consents to prosecutions

        1. Subsection (1)

        2. Subsections (2) and (3)

      20. Section 20 – Interpretation of Part 1

        1. Subsection (1)

        2. Subsection (2)

        3. Subsection (3)

        4. Subsections (4) and (6)

        5. Subsections (9) to (11)

      21. Schedule 1 – Convention Offences

      22. Part 2

        1. Section 21 – Grounds of proscription

        2. Section 22 – Name changes by proscribed organisations

          1. Subsection (2)

          2. Subsections (3) to (7)

          3. Subsections (8) to (11)

        3. Section 23 – Extension of period of detention of terrorist suspects

          1. Subsections (2), (5) and (11)

          2. Subsections (3) and (4)

          3. Subsection (6)

          4. Subsection (7)

          5. Subsections (8) and (9)

          6. Subsection (12)

        4. Section 24 – Grounds for extending detention

          1. Subsection (1)

          2. Subsections (2) and (3)

          3. Subsection (6)

        5. Section 25 – Expiry or renewal of extended maximum detention period

          1. Subsections (1) to (6)

        6. Section 26 – All premises warrants: England and Wales and Northern Ireland

          1. Subsections (2) and (3)

          2. Subsection (4)

          3. Subsections (5) and (6)

          4. Subsections (7) and (8)

          5. Subsections (9) and (10)

        7. Section 27 – All premises warrants: Scotland

        8. Section 28 – Search, Seizure and forfeiture of terrorist publications

          1. Subsections (1) and (2)

          2. Subsection (3)

          3. Subsections (4) and (5)

          4. Subsections (6) and (7)

          5. Subsections (9) and (10)

      23. Schedule 2 – Seizure and forfeiture of terrorist publications

        1. Paragraph 2

        2. Paragraphs 3 and 4

        3. Paragraph 5

        4. Paragraph 6

        5. Paragraphs 7 to 11

        6. Paragraphs 12 to 17

        7. Section 29 – Power to search vehicles under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (c.11)

        8. Section 30 – Extension to internal waters of authorisations to stop and search

        9. Section 31 – Amendment of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 (c.13)

          1. Subsection (2)

          2. Subsection (3)

          3. Subsection (4)

          4. Subsection (5)

          5. Subsection (6)

        10. Section 32 – Interception warrants

        11. Section 33 – Disclosure notices for the purposes of terrorist investigations

          1. Subsections (1) and (2)

          2. Subsection (3)

          3. Subsection (4)

        12. Section 34 – Amendment of the definition of “terrorism”

        13. Section 35 – Applications for extended detention of seized cash

      24. Part 3

        1. Section 36 – Review of terrorism legislation

          1. Subsections (1) to (6)

        2. Section 37 – Consequential amendments and repeals

          1. Subsections (1) to (4)

        3. Section 39 – Short title, commencement and extent

  5. Commencement

  6. Hansard References

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