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Peers inflict defeat on anti-terror bill

PUBLISHED March 8, 2005

The government tonight suffered a major blow to its anti-terrorism bill when the House of Lords voted to ensure that all control orders should be made by a judge rather than the home secretary.

Peers - believed to have included the former Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine - voted to ensure the orders would be made by a judge and not the home secretary, Charles Clarke.
The government was defeated by 130 votes, while two further concessions - to raise the standard of proof for a control order and to confirm there was no possibility of prosecution before issuing one - were made without a vote.