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Asked if the Prime Minister had been tough enough on the issue of knives, the PMOS said that first and foremost the Home Secretary would be dealing with this issue on Wednesday and journalists should wait for that. As the Government had already said however, the Home Secretary was, among other initiatives, expected to announce that he would strongly consider raising the age limit on when knives could be purchased to 18 years old, in line with other categories such as fireworks and so on. There was also work being done by Charles Clarke who had been consulting education and criminal justice agencies on proposals to extend the powers of head teachers to search suspect pupils. It would be better though to wait for the announcement to be made on Wednesday and to hear what parents had to say. While factually it was true that the number if incidents remained small, the impact on relatives of the victim of this type of crime was horrendous. In answer to questions, the PMOS said these policies had been the pipeline for a while.

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