Know Your Rights: Schedule 7


A quick guide to your rights if you are stopped for questioning at any UK port.

You can read the full text of the Know Your RIghts Guide here or download the leaflet as a PDF here or at the end of the page.  

If you want hard copies of this leaflet please contact the Advocacy department or call 020 8904 4222.


What to do if you are stopped, detained or questioned by security services while travelling or at any UK port under Schedules 7 and 8 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Where can you be stopped?

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows the interrogation, search and potential detention of individuals by police and immigration officers at ports and borders,without reasonable cause or suspicion.

This means that you can be stopped:

You can also be stopped in any place where an officer believes that you have gone there in order to embark or after having disembarked from any of these means of transport. This is likely to affect the surrounding areas of airports, hoverports, seaports and international train stations.

Who can stop you?

You can be stopped by any of the following:

There is no requirement for these officers to be in uniform, and they will often be in civilian clothes. An officer may also authorise another person to carry out an examination or search on his or her behalf.

When can you be stopped?

Section 40(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000 applies to a person who has been concerned with the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.        

An officer has the power to stop, question and detain a person in order to determine whether they fall within Section 40(1)(b). This is whether or not an officer has reasonable grounds for suspecting that you fall in that category.

You cannot be stopped if the officer is aware that you are at a port for a purpose other than travel, such as if you are an employee at an airport or meeting a passenger.

What to do if you are stopped or searched:

Your rights under Schedule 7:

The police cannot:



Schedules 7 and 8 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allow the police to detain individuals who have been stopped under Schedule 7.

What to do if you are detained after being stopped under Schedule 7:

Your rights under Schedule 8

The police cannot generally:


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The above was correct at the time of printing. The Government have proposed a number of changes to Schedule 7. Please consult our online version for any changes/updates.

If you need further legal advice support, including when you have been stopped please contact:

Arani Solicitors


Tel: 0208 893 5000 / 07092 386 816

Birnberg Peirce & Partners

Tel: 0207 911 0166

Bindmans LLP


Tel: 0207 833 4433

If you would like support and advice to make a complaint against the Police please contact us:


Islamic Human Rights Commission, PO Box 598, Wembley, HA9 7XH, United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 208 9044 222 E: W:

Produced with the kind support of Ravi Mehta, Blackstone Chambers and Leigh Day Solicitors

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