FROM PA: The Government was today accused of "trying to bury bad news" over the release of details of the terror suspect who absconded while on a control order. Shadow Home Secretary David Davis interrupted a Commons debate on the Pensions Bill just after 5pm to make a point of order on written statements expected to be delivered today. "On the order paper today there are three written statements from the Home Office: criminal records update, Independent Race Monitor and the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005.
"As yet none of those statements have been put in the vote office and one of them at least, the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, we believe refers to another piece of bad news, namely the loss of another suspected terrorist under the Control Orders Act. I am concerned that the Government, which should have published these by now, is trying to bury bad news.
Is there anything you can do to accelerate the release of these written statements?"
Deputy Speaker Sylvia Heal said: "Written ministerial statements should indeed be laid in the House promptly and I will have your point investigated."