Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con): The Home Secretary has said that these measures, which we all find distasteful, will apply only to a small number of people, but earlier today the Prime Minister said that in the view of the security services there are “several hundred people” for whom these powers are necessary. Who should we believe?

    Mr. Clarke: The Prime Minister was referring to the 700 cases, I think, where action has been taken which has already been reported. There are a large number of people who, we think, pose a threat to what we believe. However, a significant number of those can be dealt with through the prosecution route, which is the route that we prefer to follow.