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Prevention of Terrorism Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 10th March 2005.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary 6:00 pm, 10th March 2005

I will make available in general terms—[Hon. Members: "Oh"]—it is a very important distinction—the evidence for the basis of the case that we make. Indeed, I did that only last week in a general case to explain why we were concerned about the issues. I will not confirm that I will make available in particular terms the particular situation relating to particular individuals, because it is precisely in those particular circumstances that national security issues are at risk. However, I can say to the hon. Gentleman that I am ready to acknowledge, as he asks, that, on the procedures for which he has been pressing and that my noble Friend the Attorney-General has set out in relation to Committees of the House, it is important to be clear that they allow the special advocate to understand the case in the round. I shall comment on that in more detail later in my remarks.