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Counter-terrorism Policy and Human Rights: 28 Days, Intercept and Post-charge Questioning the Government Reply to the Nineteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights - Cm. (Paperback)Great Britain: Home Office
Paperback Published: 20/09/2007
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This is a Government reply to the Joint HLP/HCP paper on counter-terrorism policy and human rights (HLP 157/HCP 394 06/07 ISBN 9780104011317). The Government accepts a number of the Committee's recommendations, including: that the issue of sufficient Parliamentary oversight of the 28 day pre-charge detention period, will now form part of the Government's consultation process on the Counter Terrorism Bill and there will be consideration of whether there is a need for an independent body to review the operation of pre-charge detention, as well as a review of the availability of statistics and information on this matter; the Government agrees that the upper limit to the period of pre-charge detention should be set by Parliament.The Government does not accept the Committee's argument that transferring suspects out of police custody to prison is undesirable, but that prison provides the detainee access to facilities beyond that available at a police station; the Government is reviewing with the police the issue of making video-recording interviews with terrorism suspects compulsory under the Terrorism Act 2000; the Government does not accept the Committee's recommendations on the level of medical record keeping, and believes the current system is sufficient. The reply covers other areas, including: intercept as evidence; pre-charge questioning and other alternatives to pre-charge detention and special advocates.