The JCHR has highlighted the impact of forced relocation--especially on the families of controlled individuals who sometimes had to be uprooted from their communities and their schools--and has pointed out that its impact on both the suspect and the suspect's family has been described as "extraordinary".
Secondly, we would agree with the JCHR that house detention for sixteen hours is a deprivation of liberty--even if it is the only restriction.
In relation to control orders, it might have accepted a recommendation that the JCHR made in 2008, and put forward an amendment to the PTA to Parliament stating, on the face of the statute, that under a non-derogating control order house detention can only be for twelve hours.
156) The chair of the JCHR recently noted that in the United Kingdom "[t]here are no fewer than 22 different types of court hearing in which special advocates can be used.
Lord West, for the government, and to the astonishment of the more well-informed parliamentarian members of the JCHR, said:
What parliamentarians want is the chance to debate, and consider enacting replacements or substantial reforms to the scheme--hence the recent recommendation by the JCHR that sunset clauses should require renewal of extraordinary anti-terrorism powers by primary legislation.
JCHR chairman Andrew Dismore MP said: "If the Government is genuinely concerned to build a national consensus on counterterrorism policy, it should drop this illconceived proposal and work with us and others to identify better ways of ensuring terrorism suspects are successfully prosecuted.
Ms Smith said: "I will look carefully at the recommendations the JCHR has made.