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Queen’s Speech

Asked why some of the items previously indicated by David Blunkett for the Queen’s speech were being held back, such as phone tapping and trials without jury for terrorists the PMOS said that David Blunkett had explained the reasons for that yesterday. They were complex matters and they would be addressed in a timescale that was appropriate for such serious matters. In response to the suggestion that these sorts of things were usually put into a draft bill so they were included in the Queen’s speech and scrutinised in the appropriate way the PMOS reiterated that they were complex matters and that anybody who had looked at these matters over the years knew how complicated they were. Therefore in terms of timescale it was better that they were dealt with in the appropriate way and came forward when ready.

Asked why the Prime Minister had broken his promise at the TUC to publish a corporate manslaughter bill before the end of Parliament the PMOS said that this too was a complex matter but he would come back on the detail at a later briefing.

Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence that the Home Secretary could perform his role as the lead department in the Queen’s speech and also deal with his private matter the PMOS said the answer to the first part of the question was yes and the answer to the second part was that private matters were private matters.

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