The legislation will deal with people suspected of terrorism who have not been brought to court and those who have fled prison.Sinn Fein has repeatedly pressed for them to be able to return to Northern Ireland.
Under the legislation, paramilitary fugitives would have their cases heard by a special tribunal, but, if found guilty, would be freed on licence without having to go to jail.
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said Mr Hain was proposing to give people who had “run away from their crime” the opportunity to avoid it “completely and utterly”.
SDLP leader Mark Durkan denied that the proposals flowed from the Good Friday Agreement, whilst the DUP’s William McCrea appeared close to tears whilst talking about close relatives who had lost their lives through terrorism.
The government should consider amendments, Paul Murphy said.
He denounced the bill as an “attempt to appease IRA murderers”.
Some Labour backbenchers, such as Frank Field and Kate Hoey, also criticised the bill.
Mr Field told MPs that a different standard was being set for those who he referred to as “white Protestant and Catholic terrorists” to that for “black Muslim terrorists”.
Basically, it’s okay to kill innocent people in the name of a ‘political’ cause, as long as you’re white and Christian. Nice one Tony…as a man who has always claimed that ‘history will be his judge’, I look forward to informing the next generation of just how much of a lying, cheating, war-mongering shyster you really are.