Today, the UK House of Lords will debate the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Risk of Being Drawn into Terrorism) (Amendment and Guidance) Regulations 2015, which are made under the UK's Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 states that ‘specified authorities’, for example, local authorities, schools, universities, the health sector and the Police, should be aware of the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. The specified authorities in England and Wales are already listed in the Act, these Regulations amend the Act to add the equivalent Scottish bodies. The Regulations also amend the Act to add Scottish local authorities to those who have to ensure panels are in place to provide support to people who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
In addition, the Regulations also bring into effect two sets of ‘Prevent’ guidance, one for Scotland and one for England and Wales, which explain what the specified authorities must do in order to comply with the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
This instrument is subject to the affirmative procedure, that means it must be debated in both Houses before it can be made law. A vote can be taken on them if the House wishes but is not essential. The House of Commons has already approved the Regulations.
You can read the transcript of the debate in Today's Lords debates which are available online three hours after the debate has ended, through this link: