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TIAA are working closely with key stakeholders and clients in preparation for the introduction of statutory legislation which will eventually create a requirement for the enhanced protection of publicly accessible locations across the UK from terrorist attacks.

Current Position – 7th November 2023

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.

3rd May 2023

On 2nd May 2023, the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, also known as “Martyn’s Law”, was published in draft, along with explanatory notes, an impact assessment and a letter from the Rt Hon Tom Tugendhat, Security Minister.

TIAA are working closely with key stakeholders and clients in preparation for the introduction of statutory legislation which will eventually create a requirement for the enhanced protection of publicly accessible locations across the UK from terrorist attacks.

The strategic objectives of the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill are to;

  • keep the public safe and secure;
  • reduce the impact of terrorist attacks where they do occur;
  • provide clarity on responsibility for security activity; and
  • improve consistency in security considerations and outcomes.

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Terrorism Bill

Qualifying public premises

Qualifying public premises are separated into two tiers:

  • Standard duty premises: have a capacity of between 100 and 799 people, and
  • Enhanced duty premises have a capacity of 800 or more.

Qualifying public events with a capacity of 800 or more are generally subject to the same requirements as enhanced duty premises. The legislation will require organisations to assess the potential risk and impact of a terror attack at the locations they own, operate or control. They’ll be required to take proportionate protective security and organisational preparedness measures to make it harder for a would-be terrorist to carry out a successful attack. These may include:

  • Retail stores, shopping centres and markets
  • Transport hubs and Commercial ports
  • Schools and universities
  • Medical centres and hospitals
  • Hotels, pubs, clubs and casinos
  • Sports stadium, music venues, festivals and visitor & tourist attractions
  • Places of worship
  • Government offices, including town halls and job centres
  • High streets, public squares, parks and beaches
  • Private venues, such as places of employment or other locations where there is no public access are not intended to fall within the scope of the Terrorism Bill.
  • Qualifying premises can also be contained within other premises (for example, stores within a shopping centre).

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Preparing to meet your obligations

It is important to understand that the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill is still only in its draft form and the criteria for meeting compliance is still not fully know at this time. TIAA can however assist you to prepare for the forthcoming legislation by conducting enhanced terrorist risk assessments and standard terrorism evaluations to ensure you meet your future legal obligations and, importantly, keep staff and visitors to your venue safe.

Our services include:

  • Security management advice on reasonably practicable security measures to be put in place.
  • Ensure simple, low-cost activities which seek to improve protective security and preparedness are implemented.
  • Undertaking an annual standard / enhanced terrorism evaluation that is reviewed with each material change to or use of the premises.
  • Providing relevant workers with appropriate terrorism protection training.
  • Advice on the requirements for enhanced duty premises and qualifying public events.
  • Advice regarding the appointment of a designated senior officer.
  • The preparation and maintenance of security plans.