Counter-terrorism review

Posted on June 14th, 2011 in Parliamentary News

Keith Vaz (Leicester East) (Lab): May I welcome the reduction in the detention period and the changes to control orders, although we will need more detail on exactly what they mean. I also welcome the Home Secretary’s attempt to try to develop consensus across the House. I certainly think it right that she should meet the shadow Home Secretary-following the robust relationship that seems to be developing, I, for one, would like to buy a ticket to that meeting. I ask the right hon. Lady not to forget Parliament or the need to engage with the Select Committee on these issues. Will she give us an assurance that her prevent strategy will remain robust, that she will protect the counter-terrorism budget and that she will ensure that reviews of this kind-I know that she has more of them planned-will in future be more orderly than the one we have just had?

Mrs May: We could never forget the work of the Select Committee under the right hon. Gentleman’s chairmanship-on these and other home affairs matters. It is this Government’s intention to do all that is necessary to maintain our national security and to protect the public. That involves looking at the budgets that we make available for counter-terrorism work and the powers available for that work, as I have set out today. I dispute the right hon. Gentleman’s comment about the way in which this review has been conducted. We are conducting a number of other reviews, but what I think is important for all of them, given the severity of the threat we face and the importance of the decisions we take, is that we look at all opportunities, discuss the issues and reach decisions that are right for the people of this country.