Examination of Witnesses

Part of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:47 am on 21st June 2011.

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Keir Starmer: Again, that is not an issue that I have to deal with. Assessing the risk and taking the decision whether to impose a control order is not a decision for me. I suppose there is a question of whether or not the sort of conditions that are in the Bill would facilitate an investigation, and I have given an answer to that. I am absolutely clear that we will review as often as necessary during the currency of an order, we will prosecute wherever there is sufficient evidence, and if it is possible for an investigation to be furthered during the currency of the order, then that is a good thing. We would welcome that and if that throws up evidence, even in a rare case, that takes us across the threshold, and that is to be welcomed. I certainly do not want to be seen standing in the way of that, but that is the extent to which the conditions affect the decisions that I have to make.