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Terrorism: Detainees

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where suspects are held under the provisions of counter-terrorism legislation in pre-charge detention; whether they are allowed to see family visitors; whether they are allowed access to print, visual and online media; and if she will make a statement. (211480)

PACE code H which covers the detention, treatment and questioning by police officers of persons under section 41 of, and schedule 8 to, the Terrorism Act 2000 states that:

(i) Where a warrant is issued which authorises detention beyond a period of 14 days from the time of arrest, the detainee must be transferred from detention in a police station to detention in a designated prison unless the detained person requests to be detained in a police station and this can be accommodated or there are reasonable grounds for believing that transferring the person to prison may hinder a terrorism investigation, delay the charge or release of the individual or otherwise prevent the investigation from proceeding efficiently and expeditiously (para 14.5).

(ii) If the detainee agrees, they may receive visits from friends, family or others likely to take an interest in their welfare, at the custody officer’s discretion (para 5.4)

(iii) The detainee shall be given writing materials, on request, and allowed to telephone one person for a reasonable period of time at the discretion of an inspector or above (para 5.6).

These codes can be found at: