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Government Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Prevent Duty Guidance

The Government's Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, currently being considered by the House of Lords, places a duty on specified authorities, including universities, to 'have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. Official guidance on this duty has already been published for consultation. It sets out the Government's view that the promotion of non-violent extremist views is a major way individuals are drawn into terrorism. Extremism is defined as 'vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs'.

The guidance says universities should have policies in place for dealing with external speakers, such as 'advance notice of the content of the event, including an outline of the topics to be discussed and sight of any presentations, footage to be broadcast etc'. Universities should also have at least 14 days' notice of the event β€œto allow for checks to be made and cancellation to take place if necessary'.

The consultation was launched on 17 December 2014 and closes on 30 January 2015. Background information here.

Northern Ireland Department of Justice Consultation on Abortion

CMF will be responding to the Northern Ireland Department of Justice Consultation on Abortion 2014. The related document can be found here.

The consultation is not about the wider debate between pro-choice and pro-life views, but is strictly focused on two aspects of the criminal law on abortion. Firstly, it looks at whether the law should enable abortion in cases where there is a diagnosis in pregnancy that the foetus has a lethal abnormality. Secondly, it addresses the issue of whether abortion should be available to women who have become pregnant as a result of sexual crime. Finally, the consultation considers whether there should be a right of conscientious objection for those asked to participate in abortions on either of these grounds, were they to be legalised.

The consultation closes on 17th January 2015

Consultation on Care of the Dying Adult

NICE have been asked to develop a clinical practice guideline on Care of the Dying Adult for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The draft scope defines what aspects of care the guideline will cover and to whom it will apply. The consultation invites comments on the scope and suggestions for clinical questions that could be answered in the guideline.

Information on the progress for this guideline topic so far is available.

Details of the consultation can be found at here.