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Courts: Control Orders

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on point 8 of the then Prime Minister’s security measures announced on 5 August 2005, on the expansion of court capacity to deal with control orders. (233535)

We monitor the volume of control orders to ensure that we continue to have the capacity to deal with any increase in volumes. My Department has led and managed a Works Programme, which has provided 14 high security courtrooms to deal with terrorist cases at key locations across England and Wales. We keep under review the volume of control orders and our capacity to hear all terrorist cases, particularly those that require a higher level of security in order to ensure that our estate can meet any increased workload in the future. We are satisfied that at present the courts have sufficient capacity and that enough judges have been identified to deal with these Orders.