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Charles Clarke/Anti Terror

Asked if the Government was committed to the idea that the Home Secretary initiated a control, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had given a very clear explanation at PMQs earlier today. The Prime Minister said that if there was a situation where the Home Secretary felt that the threat from an individual was such that he had to act immediately, there was not therefore the time to go through a whole judicial process. The Home Secretary needed to be given the flexibility to act in the knowledge that if he was taking away someone’s liberty, there would be an automatic judicial input into that. That was why it was not just a matter of dogma, but rather, a matter of having the flexibility which the police and security services advise us that we need to respond quickly.

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