View Full Version : Government 'to scrap terror control orders'

David Guyatt
01-02-2011, 11:26 AM
I just love the bit about this being in Clegg's pre election manifesto.

So was his promise not to increase student fees.

But of course, this is not an announcement of fact, but a well-spun leaked announcement of fact yet to be publicly announced.

Let's wait and see if Sunday news becomes Monday's reality...


Government 'to scrap terror control orders'

Control orders imposing virtual house arrest on terror suspects are set to be scrapped after months of wrangling within the coalition.

In what would represent a significant victory for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Cabinet is said to be ready to approve a plan to end the use of electronic tags and home curfews.

It is claimed that terror suspects would be allowed to travel freely within Britain and be allowed to use mobile phones and computers.

A review of counter-terrorism legislation had been due to report before Christmas but has been delayed until early 2011 because of ongoing negotiations between ministers.

Mr Clegg's Liberal Democrats fought the general election on a manifesto commitment of abolishing control orders.

Introduced under the former Labour government, they have been strongly criticised by civil liberties campaigners but police and the security services have repeatedly stressed the need to be able to contain suspects they are not able to charge.

The review, also looking at the controversial 28 day pre-charge detention period for terror suspects, was announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in July.

Nine people are currently subject to control orders, each with a 16-hour home curfew.

Magda Hassan
01-02-2011, 12:20 PM
I'll believe it once it 's happened.

David Guyatt
01-02-2011, 12:28 PM
I suspect they will do it, Maggie.

But my guess would be only because better technology has come on stream that it makes this redundant.:monkeypiss: