THE number of people stopped at ports, airports and international rail stations under counter-terrorism powers fell by almost a third last year, new figures show.
Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows officers to question individuals entering or leaving the country, can be used to determine whether the person in question appears to be concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
Figures indicate there has been a sharp decline in deployment of the powers in recent years.
Home Office data released on Thursday show that in the year to the end of December, a total of 19,355 people were examined under Schedule 7 in Britain.
This was a 30 per cent drop compared with 2015, when 27,530 stops were made, while the number has fallen from more than 85,000 in 2009/10.
Detentions following examinations decreased by 16 per cent, from 1,828 in the...