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Prevention of Terrorism Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 10th March 2005.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 6:15 pm, 10th March 2005

The Government should go further and I shall explain why. I simply do not understand why they chose to make an issue of the distinction between derogating and non-derogating orders. During the debate last week, the hon. and learned Member for Redcar made an exceptionally good speech in which she explained why the distinction between derogating and non-derogating orders should be removed. She also highlighted why judicial review proceedings are inadequate for non-derogating orders. Her comments then were absolutely correct and I accept that she accepted less than that yesterday out of loyalty. I have yet to understand the rationale behind the Home Secretary's insistence that the distinction must be maintained.

The answer to the question asked by Mr. Field is that we insist that the Government move on the issue.