Home Department written question – answered at on 18 September 2006.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Conservative, North West Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested in the UK under anti-terrorism legislation in each year since 1 January 2001; how many were charged; for which offences; under which legislation; on which day into the period of their detention each of those charged were charged; how many of those arrested were released without charge; and on which day into the period of their detention of those released without charge were released.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Home Office

holding answer 12 September 2006

Statistics compiled from police records show that between 11 September 2001 and 31 March 2006, 997 people were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT). Of these people, 154 were charged with offences under TACT and 79 of these were also charged under other legislation.

A further 175 were charged with offences under other legislation. During this period 570 people were released without charge. The Home Office does not collate information on the length of time an individual is detained prior to being charged or released and this could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.

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Pete Chown
Posted on 20 Sep 2006 12:50 pm (Report this annotation)

It is scary that the Home Office doesn't even know how long people have been detained for! These figures are essential given the arguments over 14 days versus 28 days versus 90 days.