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No current need for house arrest, Clarke admits

PUBLISHED February 23, 2005

Charles Clarke defended his decision to press on with controversial plans to allow house arrest, even though he has conceded that there were no immediate plans to use the powers.

The security services and the police had advised him that while the powers were "valuable" they were not currently necessary, the home secretary said.
The powers are included in the new prevention of terrorism bill, published yesterday and to be rushed through parliament within three weeks.