Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:59 pm on 15th February 2006.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Science, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities 5:59 pm, 15th February 2006

My hon. Friend is making important points. The events of July may have given the Government room to drop back from their earlier timetable—he was right to point out that that has happened—but the Government asked Lord Carlile to review the definition of terrorism to avoid conflict on another matter and the process is not the sort of force majeure that should allow the timetable on control orders to move. The review is delaying a decision on the definition of terrorism and substantive action to deal with control orders.