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Constitutional Reform Bill

Asked if there had been any movement on the Constitutional Reform Bill following the defeat in the Lords on Monday evening, the PMOS said that discussions were continuing through the usual channels, and within Government, in terms of how we should move forward. What had happened on Monday was almost unprecedented. The Hare Coursing Bill in 1975 was the last time such a situation had occurred. Since the discussions that were going on had yet to conclude, he was unable to give journalists the clarity they wanted at this stage. Asked to comment on some of the options suggested in today’s papers, the PMOS said that he had read a number of different scenarios in this morning’s press. However, as things stood, he was unable to state unequivocally what was going happen. Asked if the Government had abandoned the idea of re-introducing the Bill immediately into the Commons, the PMOS said that there were a number of different ways you could approach this issue. The Government’s overriding concern was to get the Bill on the statute book. Following the events of Monday night, we had to consider carefully what was likely to be the best way to achieve that.

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