Asked if there was a response to the comments made by London Mayor, Ken Livingstone where he suggested that the anti-terror proposals were so loosely drawn up that Nelson Mandela and the founders of the United States of America would have all been banned from entering the UK because they could be considered extremists, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that there was a consultation process going on. This ended on Friday. A range of people had submitted their views on the Government’s plans and with this in mind people should wait and see the results of that consultation exercise.
Asked how soon after the end of the consultation exercise we would see changes, the PMS said that obviously the Home Office would want to carefully study and consider all the comments made. But equally they would be looking to make any announcement as soon a possible.
These were serious issues that needed to be looked at properly. Asked if this consultation was separate from the cross-party talks, the PMS said that no doubt all comments that had been made would be taken into consideration, but the 2 weeks consultation was specifically on deportation issues. There were no plans for any announcements this week but there was a lot of work going on within Government to move these issues forward.
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