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Anti-Terrorism Control Orders

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) the independent reviewer pursuant to section 14 (3) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, (b) the control order review group, (c) the permanent team dedicated to control orders, (d) the special advocates, (e) supervision arrangements made under control orders and (f) the legal proceedings relating to oversight of the control order regime in the last 12 months. (258364)

In the last 12 months—1 February 2008 to 31 January 2009—expenditure on control orders under the requested headings has been as follows:

(a) £7,650 on the independent reviewer of the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, the Lord Carlile of Berriew, pursuant to section 14(3) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005;

(c) £681,543 on the permanent team dedicated to control orders in the Home Office. This figure includes pay, allowances, pension and national insurance contributions;

(d) £249,727 on the Special Advocates. This figure relates to charges made by the Special Advocate Support Office for their time and disbursements relating to control orders; and

(f) £2,157,230 on the legal proceedings relating to the judicial scrutiny and oversight of all control order cases.

The cost of providing a figure for the cost of supervision arrangements made under control orders and the cost of the quarterly Control Order Review Group (CORG) could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.