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Terrorism: Secret Tribunals

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 30 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have proposals to cease using tribunals held in secret to handle terrorist suspect cases. [HL41]

We have no proposals to cease using closed evidence in tribunals against suspected terrorists. It is essential that we are able to use sensitive material—primarily intelligence—to inform decisions to take action against individuals and organisations involved in terrorism, in particular for some decisions involving control orders, deportation, exclusion, proscription of a terrorist organisation and deprivation of British citizenship. The special advocate procedure represents a fair and effective way for an individual to challenge such decisions.