Clause 1 - Abolition of control orders

Part of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 23rd June 2011.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 1:00 pm, 23rd June 2011

I do not agree that it is a bad point. I do not accept the argument that the Home Secretary is forced to impose control order measures that would not be available to her under the TPIM regime, and which are contrary to the counter-terrorism review, because of resources. That is not entirely correct. If that were the case, the Bill would include a clause providing that it would not come into force until such time as the police had confirmed to the Home Secretary and Parliament that they had the additional resources needed to manage the increased risk created by the TPIM regime, and that the additional police officers needed to undertake surveillance were fully trained and ready to start work. There is no such clause.

The resources argument cannot be used both ways. It cannot be used to say that the Home Secretary is correct to use control order measures, as she has done over the past few months, but allow the resources point to fall away when the Bill comes into force.