His Majesty King Charles III recently (7th November 2023) performed one of his key duties as monarch, reading the King’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament. This included the proposed Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, also known as Martyn’s Law.

The legislation would require those responsible for certain publicly accessible locations (PALS), with a capacity of more than 100 people, to introduce training and measures to combat the threat from terrorism and implement appropriate and proportionate mitigation measures, or face sanctions.

The Bill has proved controversial amid fears the excess costs of counter-terrorism preparation could disproportionately affect  smaller venues. However, distinctions in the legislation mitigating this are expected to allow the legislation to pass through parliament in the coming year.

What do you need to do?

Organisations should review their current security and counter-terrorism provisions and staff training to ensure they meet their forthcoming obligations.

Importance: High

Please visit our dedicated Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill page for more information.

For further discussion and support, including security awareness training services, contact us

Or contact Jonathan Gladwin, Director of Anti-Crime Services – security@tiaa.co.uk