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House of Commons Hansard
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06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the (a) full and (b) summary judgment of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in the case of Abu Qatada; what precedents there are for different versions of such judgments to be produced; what the (i) security classification and (ii) status of each version is; and if she will make a statement. [124748]

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A copy of the open decision made publicly available by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in the appeal of Omar Othman (aka Abu Qatada) will be placed, as with all SIAC open decisions, in the House Library. All SIAC decisions are publicly available on the SIAC outcomes database which makes copies of all of SIAC's open decisions and is hosted on Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS) website.

Rule 4 of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003 (the 2003 Rules) provides that SIAC has a general duty when exercising any of its functions to secure that information is not disclosed contrary to the interests of national security, the international relations of the United Kingdom, the detection and prevention of crime, or in any other circumstances where disclosure is likely to harm the public interest.

Rule 47 of the 2003 Rules provides that the Commission must produce a written decision to the parties giving reasons for its decision to the extent that it is possible to do so without disclosing information contrary to the public interest. Where the determination does not contain the full reasons for the decision the Commission must serve on the Secretary of State for the Home Department, and the Special Advocate appointed to represent the appellant, a separate determination including the full reasons.