HOME AFFAIRS – PREVENTION OF TERRORISM – 23 February 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: The Home Secretary rightly paid tribute to the Security Services' successful prevention of attack. It was adequate to use judges in special courts at the height of the IRA offensive when it was involved in wide-scale attacks, so why is it not adequate to use judges in special courts, instead of politicians, at a time when, thank goodness, attacks have not yet been successfully carried out?

[The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr Charles Clarke): There are different solutions and judges in special courts is one solution that could be considered. However, that does not address the central objection of those who criticise the legislation. The fact is that there is evidence of activity that cannot be put before a court, of whatever type.]