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Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) trained surveillance teams and (b) individuals are employed by the Home Office to monitor terrorist suspects in the UK. (66870)

The monitoring of terrorist suspects is primarily carried out by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, not the Home Office.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has given to police officers on identifying those who should be stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act 2000. (50229)

We are continuing to work with police and other stakeholders to develop detailed guidance on the circumstances in which stop and search powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 should be used in order to increase consistency and reassure the public that the powers are used appropriately. This work has had considerable input from police authorities, community representatives and other interest groups. Interim guidance was published on 22 December 2005 by the National Centre for Policing Excellence on this subject, and can be viewed on the ACPO website. A final version of the guidance will be published later this year.

The Home Office also published the Stop and Search Manual in March 2005, which provides guidance on best practice in relation to all stop and search powers. The Codes of Practice issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 also include guidance on the use of stop and search powers, both generally and specifically in relation to powers under the Terrorism Act.