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Terror order plans pass to Lords

PUBLISHED March 1, 2005

Controversial "control order" plans for terrorist suspects have passed to the Lords after a stormy Commons debate and a rebellion by Labour backbenchers.

Peers will debate an amendment to the bill after the home secretary conceded judges and not ministers should have the final say on house arrest orders.
Charles Clarke's move failed to satisfy many MPs who want other, less severe, measures to be approved by judges too.
On Monday, a vote on this issue saw the government's majority cut to 14.