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Counter-Terrorism Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 9th October 2008.

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Photo of The Earl of Onslow The Earl of Onslow Conservative 3:00 pm, 9th October 2008

The noble Lord has now said several times that there is a need for a proper debate on this. Those of us who take a very dim view of the Government's creeping practice would like to know when this debate is going to take place and if, as a result, there will be a proper received view of what should be done. Is there any likelihood of the Government doing anything about it or is the Minister just using the need for a debate as a defence for the present clauses in the Bill? As the noble Baroness just said, it is difficult to pin the Government down. This is a serious and growing problem, which is a danger to our liberties.