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Control Order Powers

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

Section 14(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) requires me to report to Parliament as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of every relevant three-month period on the exercise of the control order powers during that period.

During the period 11 March to 10 June 2006, three orders were made with the permission of the court under section 3(1 )(a) of the 2005 Act—two in respect of British citizens on 5 April and 24 May 2006, and one in respect of a foreign national on 16 May 2006.

There are 14 control orders currently in force, five of which are in respect of British citizens.

One request to modify a control order obligation was refused during the period. A right of appeal exists in section 10(3) of the 2005 Act against a decision by the Secretary of State not to modify an obligation contained in a control order. This has not been exercised in respect of this refusal.