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Renewal of control order legislation and publication of Lord Carlile Report
The draft order to renew control orders legislation was today laid before Parliament by the Home Secretary. Control orders are an important tool to deal with suspected terrorists who cannot be prosecuted or deported.
The annual report on the operation of control orders legislation
by independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile has
also been published today. This includes his analysis of the
viability of the control orders regime in light of the House of
Lords' judgment in June 2009, as requested by the Home
Home Secretary Alan Johnson said:
"The Government has no higher priority than protecting the public from terrorism. Control orders remain an important tool to deal with a small number of suspected terrorists who cannot be prosecuted or deported.
"I believe the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 continues to strike the right balance between protecting the public and safeguarding the rights of the individual, which is why I am asking Parliament to renew the Act.
"I am also grateful to Lord Carlile for his detailed
report, which we will consider carefully and respond to in due
In his report, Lord Carlile maintains that the control order regime remains viable and necessary, and concludes he would have reached the same decision as the Secretary of State in each case in which a control order was made in 2009.
In the report Lord Carlile concludes:
* "As the independent reviewer of terror legislation, it is my view and advice that abandoning the control orders system entirely would have a damaging effect on national security."
* "There is no better means of dealing with the serious and continuing risk posed by some individuals."
* "I have considered whether control orders can or
should be replaced by something else, or even renamed. I have been
unable to find, or devise, a suitable alternative for the
important residue of cases that cannot be dealt with by
In addition, a post-legislative assessment memorandum on the 2005 Prevention of Terrorism Act was laid before Parliament today. This is part of the Government's commitment to give post-legislative scrutiny to all Acts after 2005. The document reiterates the Home Secretary's commitment to the control orders regime in order to protect the public.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The debate which follows the draft renewal order will follow shortly, subject to parliamentary timetabling.
2. Lord Carlile of Berriew Q.C. was appointed in 2001 as the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.
3. The statutory consultees for the renewal of the control order
legislation (the Director General of the Security Service, the
Intelligence Services commissioner and the independent reviewer of
the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005) all continue to support the
maintenance of the control order regime.
4. For further enquiries, contact the Home Office Newsdesk on 020 7035 3535.
Home Office Press Office
Phone: 020 7035 3535