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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 19th November 2012.

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Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Labour, Salford and Eccles 2:30 pm, 19th November 2012

The Home Secretary will be aware that there are concerns about the provisions in the Justice and Security Bill, which is being debated in the other place today, that introduce closed material proceedings. The provisions will enable judges to see all the evidence in cases that affect national security, while protecting vital intelligence. Will she work with the Minister without Portfolio, Mr Clarke to reassure Members of the Lords and of this House that those proceedings, while essential, will be used only when absolutely necessary?