Keir Starmer: The priority has always been prosecution. It remains as prosecution, and that is right in my view—and, I think, that of the vast majority of people. Linked to that is the question of how robust we are on decision making. I have described the process and the approach. Lord Carlile, who is following on after this session—he is moving on as well—reviewed the position for 2010 in his last report, which was published on 3 February 2011. The last sentence of paragraph 144 of that report states:
“The process is followed: I am satisfied that no control order has been made where a prosecution for a terrorism offence would have satisfied the CPS standards for the institution of a prosecution, in the period covered by this report.”
He was an independent reviewer. He carried out that exercise every year and, no doubt, so will his successor.