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House arrest in one month

PUBLISHED February 21, 2005

The government intends to get the home secretary's controversial new powers to order the house arrest of terror suspects on the statute book within the next four weeks, the Guardian has learned.

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, will announce next week that he will rush new emergency counter-terrorism legislation through parliament before the existing powers of imprisonment without trial, which have been sharply criticised by the law lords, lapse on March 14.