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Terrorism

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many terrorist suspects have been detained by the police at UK airports since July 2005. (66869)

Information in the precise form requested is not held centrally. Records of arrests and charges generally under the Terrorism Act 2000 are available on the Home Office website (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/security/terrorism-and-the-law/terrorism-act/) for the period September 2001 to September 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the consultation period on the Draft Code of Practice for the detention, treatment and questioning of persons under section 41 and schedule 8 to the Terrorism Act 2000 lasts from 2 May to 25 May; and what account was taken of the Cabinet Office Code on consultation criteria when the consultation period was set. (72394)

The Government undertook to produce a Code of Practice before bringing into force the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2006 which relate to extended detention. These provisions were discussed extensively during the passage of the Act, and given the urgent need to have these powers in place as soon as possible, I hope my hon. Friend will understand why the period of consultation agreed by the Government and the main opposition parties is shorter than usual.

The Code of Practice is also based largely on the revised Code of Practice for the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers (Code C), issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which was subject to extensive consultation before being issued on 1 January 2006.

The Consultation Paper issued with the Draft Code of Practice stated clearly that this consultation process was not being carried out within the usual Cabinet Office guidelines.