Terrorism

Home Department written question – answered on 16th January 2006.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of interrogation has been for suspects questioned under anti-terrorism legislation in each of the last 24 months.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The maximum period of detention pre-charge following an arrest under the Terrorism Act 2000 was extended to 14 days with effect from 20 January 2004. Between that date and 4 September 2005, 357 people were arrested of whom 36 have been held for in excess of seven days. The breakdown of these cases is detailed in the following table. Details of the length of time questioning took place for each of these cases is not collated centrally.

Period Number held for this period Charged Released without charge
2004
7–8 days 3 1 2
8–9 days 0
9- 10 days 11 6 5
10–11 days 1 0 1
11 -12 days 0
12–1 3 days 0
13–1 4 days 9 9 0
2005
7–8 days 1 1 0
8–9 days 0
9–10 days 5 4 1
10–11 days 1 1 0
11 -12 days 1 1 0
12–13 days 2 1 1
13–14 days 2 2 0

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