Martyn’s Law – Home Affairs Committee Report

27 July 2023

The Home Affairs Committee has now finished its pre-scrutiny inquiry of the draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill – Martyn’s Law.

Whilst the Committee supports the intent of the bill and the proposed measures to improve the response to terror attacks in larger venues, it calls on the government to introduce the legislation in stages, beginning with larger venues, and review its implementation annually to assess its impact. It also calls for further research to better assess whether the threat to smaller venues is sufficient to require them to undertake anti-terrorism measures. The government is due to respond to the report by 27 September 2023.

SLCC submitted written evidence to this inquiry supported by survey feedback from its members. We have urged the Home Office to work with the SLCC on this, as practitioners in the field, as well as with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

Read the Home Affairs Committee news release
Read the full Committee report (PDF)
Read the report summary
Read the SLCC’s written submission
Read all written evidence

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