Terrorism: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on pre-charge detention; what discussions she has had with hon. Members on the matter in each of the last six months; and if she will make a statement.

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

We undertook an extensive five month public consultation on the Counter-Terrorism Bill, including our proposal on pre-charge detention, during which we met representatives from the police, judiciary, civil liberties organisations and community groups and received a number of written representations. The results of the consultation were published on 6 December 2007 and copies are available in the Library. Since the end of the consultation, we have continued to discuss the Counter-Terrorism Bill with interested parties. The Department has also been sent briefing material from a number of organisations, including Liberty, Justice, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Law Society of Scotland.

A number of discussions have taken place with hon. Members on the Counter-Terrorism Bill, including with Members of the Opposition parties.

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