New Clause 6 — Power to make control orders

Part of Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill – in the House of Commons at 11:15 pm on 28th February 2005.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham Chair, Home Affairs Committee 11:15 pm, 28th February 2005

I do not entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman, and for this reason. The law that we would have to renew in March, but which we cannot because of the Law Lords' judgment, applies solely to foreign nationals. I do not necessarily believe that we have a year or two before needing to put in place a framework to deal with British citizens who might be involved in terrorism; some moves in that direction are necessary now. But I say with all due respect to my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary—he has approached this entire debate with great openness, but he needs to respond further—that although he has at no stage proposed anything that deserves the name "Executive detention", the proposal looks like that and can be presented as such. We need a proposal that cannot be described in those terms, because the wider misinterpretation of the Bill will be too damaging. Our constituents must not be made to feel that their liberties are being restricted by Executive action.