Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:44 pm on 15th February 2006.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick Labour, Walsall North 5:44 pm, 15th February 2006

I am not certain whether the hon. Gentleman is criticising the Government because too few people are subject to control orders, but I was present for Lord Carlile's evidence to the Home Affairs Committee yesterday and I tried to get him to give a figure. He was good enough to give me a figure, but he did not suggest that it was an accurate figure because he could not know that. Even if 20 people were involved, would it really be useful for them to be subject to control orders? Would not it be far better—as I suggested yesterday—for the congregation concerned to take action to clear out those who are no more than hate merchants?