Counter-Terrorism and Security Act

This page contains an overview of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act and supporting documents.

The act

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act contains powers to help the UK respond to the threat of terrorism. It received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. The act will:

  • disrupt the ability of people to travel abroad to engage in terrorist activity and then return to the UK
  • enhance the ability of operational agencies to monitor and control the actions of those who pose a threat
  • combat the underlying ideology that feeds, supports and sanctions terrorism

The act will:

  • give the police power to temporarily seize a passport at the border, so that they can investigate the individual
  • create a Temporary Exclusion Order that can temporarily disrupt a British citizen suspected of involvement in terrorist activity abroad from returning to the UK (so that when individuals do return, it is done in a manner which we control)
  • place strong restrictions on where individuals can go, and require them to attend meetings as part of their ongoing management (eg with the probation service or JobCentre Plus staff)
  • improve law enforcement agencies’ ability to find out who is responsible for sending internet communications accessing an internet communications service
  • enhance our aviation, maritime and rail border security, with provisions relating to passenger data, ‘no fly’ lists, and security and screening measures
  • ensure that UK-based insurance firms cannot reimburse the payment of terrorist ransoms
  • clarify the scope of power to examine goods at (or near) ports
  • provide a general duty on a range of organisations to prevent people being drawn into terrorism
  • put Channel (the government’s voluntary programme for people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism) on a statutory basis

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act and its explanatory notes are available on the Parliament website.


  1. Temporary seizure of travel documents


  1. Counter Terrorism and Security Bill unveiled
Published 26 November 2014
Last updated 12 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. The act received Royal Assent.

  2. First published.