Missing terror suspect Ibrahim Magag was last seen in a black cab, a Home Office minister has told peers.
Lord Taylor of Holbeach was repeating an urgent question tabled by shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in the Commons earlier.
Speaking on 8 January 2013, Lord Taylor confirmed that terrorism suspect Ibrahim Magag had escaped surveillance by taking a taxi.
The revelation came after Yvette Cooper had claimed he had evaded detection by picking up a ride less than half-a-mile from Euston station on Boxing Day.
Mr Magag, who is understood to have attended terrorist training camps in Somalia, where he was born, absconded from a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure (Tpim) notice after ripping off his electronic tag.
In the House of Lords, shadow home office minister Baroness Smith of Basildon demanded: "Was he subject to any surveillance at the time? Is it true that he absconded by hailing a black cab?"
Lord Taylor told her: "I can confirm the latter point that the last time he was seen he was reported as getting into a taxi."
The government says the police are doing "everything in their power" to apprehend Mr Magag, and are devoting significant resources to the search.