§ Mr. Stanbrook
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he has any present intention to apply to the Republic of Ireland the provisions of section 1(4) of the Suppression of Terrorism Act 1978 regarding political offences;
(2) if he has any present intention, under the powers granted to him by section 5 of the Suppression of Terrorism Act 1978, to designate any non-convention country as a country to which the provisions of the Act should apply.
§ Dr. Summerskill
It was decided at a meeting of Ministers of Justice of the member States of the EEC on 10th October in Luxembourg to open for signature an agreement concerning the application among the Nine of the provisions of the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism. Ratification of this agreement by the United Kingdom would involve the making of orders under section 1(4) and 5(2) of the Suppression of Terrorism Act in relation to the Republic of Ireland and an order under section 5(1)(b) of that Act in respect of any other member State which had not then ratified the convention. In accordance with section 8(5) of the Act, such orders are subject to affirmative resolution.
We do not at present foresee any other occasion to make an order under section 5 of the Act.