New Clause 6 — Power to make control orders

Part of Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:44 pm on 28th February 2005.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary 10:44 pm, 28th February 2005

Control orders are preventive measures, not punishments, and they will be used carefully and only in serious cases. One has only to examine how sparingly the part 4 powers have been used to see that the Government take their responsibilities very seriously and act only when strictly necessary, and I believe that the same will be true of the new control orders.

As I have indicated today, with legislation of this type I believe—despite today's events—that there is great merit in seeking as wide a consensus as is possible across Parliament. To that end, I have today announced some changes which I propose to make to the Bill in the hope that such a consensus can be achieved—