Control Orders

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Shadow Security Minister, Home Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent by the Home Office since the commencement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 on providing individuals subject to control orders with telephone line rental and phone-cards, including VAT thereon.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

The Home Office spent £7,856.44 including VAT on telephone line rental for individuals subject to control orders between April 2006 and October 2009. It is not possible to provide the amount spent on telephone line rental prior to April 2006 due to the way the costs have been accounted for. The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

It is not possible to provide the total amount spent on phone cards for this period as this information forms part of the total amount spent on the provision of accommodation for individuals subject to control orders and cannot be extracted from this figure. However, as phone cards have been issued only infrequently, and not at all since 2007, this figure is assessed to be small.

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