Control Orders

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd April 2008.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals are subject to control orders; and how many of those are claiming benefits, broken down by type of benefit.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

As of the last quarterly written ministerial statement updating Parliament on the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, issued on 13 March 2008, Hansard, columns 24-26WS, there were 11 control orders in force. The latest information the Home Office holds suggests that eight of the individuals currently subject to control orders are currently in receipt of benefits that are administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. Some individuals are in receipt of more than one form of DWP administered benefit. Of these individuals: four receive incapacity benefit, three receive jobseeker's allowance, one receives disability living allowance, three receive income support and two receive child tax credit.

In addition, five controlled individuals are currently living in Home Office provided housing.

The Home Office does not hold information where controlled persons are in receipt of benefits administered by Government Departments other than the Home Office or the Department for Work and Pensions.

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