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Terrorism: Control Orders

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What (a) income support, and (b) benefits individuals subject to control orders mayreceive; and what legislation currently regulates this.[HL7787]

There is no direct link between entitlement to DWP-administered benefits and control orders; as such, there is no specific legislation regulating this.

In order to receive income support or any other benefit, a claimant must meet the specific criteria for that benefit. A person subject to a control order who is entitled to benefit will receive the rate of benefit appropriate to their age and circumstances.

Information is not available on the number of individuals subject to control orders who are in receipt of benefits.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many control orders were issued in the first two quarters of 2006 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005; and, of these, how many were orders derogating from the European Court of Human Rights; and [HL7896]

How many control orders were issued in the last two quarters of 2005 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005; and, of these, how many were orders derogating from the European Court of Human Rights.[HL7897]

Reports on the exercise of the Secretary of State's control order powers during 2005 and 2006 can be found in the Written Ministerial Statements made on: 16 June 2005 (Official Report, col. 23WS),10 October 2005 (Official Report, col. 9WS), 12 December 2005 (Official Report, col. 131WS), 13 March 2006 (Official Report, col. 88WS), 12 June 2006 (Official Report, col. 48WS) and 11 September 2006 (Official Report, col. 121WS).

To date, the Government have not sought a derogation from Article 5 of the ECHR; therefore no derogating orders have been made.