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.