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Control Orders

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 3 April 2008 to the hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire, (Mr. Vara) Official Report, column 1314W, on control orders, how many individuals are currently subject to control orders; and how many of those are receiving benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions, broken down by type of benefit. (244725)

In relation to the total number of individuals currently subject to control orders, I would refer the hon. Member to the latest written ministerial statement in relation to control orders which was published on 15 December 2008. This statement explains that, as of 10 December 2008, there were 15 control orders in force.

The latest information that the Home Office holds shows that eight of the individuals currently subject to control orders are in receipt of benefits that are administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Some individuals are in receipt of more than one form of DWP administered benefit. Of these individuals: two receive incapacity benefit, five receive job seeker’s allowance, one receives disability living allowance, two receive income support and two receive child tax credit.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much her Department has spent on (a) accommodation, (b) council tax, (c) utility bills, (d) telephone line rental, (e) pre-paid telephone cards and (f) any other necessary subsistence payments, for individuals subject to control orders who have been prevented from gaining employment or rendered ineligible for benefits in each year since 2005; (244726)

(2) how many individuals currently subject to control orders have been prevented from gaining employment or have been rendered ineligible for benefits due to their terms of their control order; and how many of those individuals are currently receiving subsistence payments from her Department, broken down by type of subsistence payment.

The Home Office has not spent any money on providing accommodation, council tax, utility bills, telephone line rental or pre-paid telephone cards for individuals subject to control orders due simply to their being prevented from gaining employment or rendered ineligible for benefits as a result of their control orders.

Since the commencement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 one individual subject to a control order was assessed as being ineligible for employment related benefits, for a short period, as a result of the terms of his control order. The individual concerned received subsistence payments totalling £240 over an eight-week period in 2006.

Although not as a result of his being made ineligible for employment related benefits, the Home Office has in 2008 also paid the following subsistence costs for this same individual:

(a) £7744 on his Home Office-provided accommodation;

(b) £429 on his council tax;

(c) £891 on utilities; and

(d) £88 on line rental.

The Home Office has not paid for this individual's accommodation, council tax, utility bills, telephone line rental, or pre-paid telephone cards in any preceding year.