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90 Days

Asked why a letter from the Home Office to probation officers was suggesting different advice from that given to ACPO about lobbying MPs, the PMOS said that they should talk to the Home Office about whether there was any specific rule there. He would refer journalists to what past practice had been, which was that ACPO was not a stranger to expressing it’s view to MPs. If people read the letter in the Times today from the former Chief Constable of Thames Valley it made that point very clearly. In terms of the 90 days the police had not been alone in expressing their support for 90 days as we had again heard from Lord Carlile yesterday.

ACPO had often communicated with MPs in many different ways. Put to him that on this occasion it had been the Home Secretary that had suggested it, the PMOS said it was ACPO who were the first to put the issue of 90 days into the public domain on 21 July following the meeting at Downing Street in the wake of 7/7. We were in no way complaining about that but it did underline where the public debate on this had started. It was commonplace, which as anyone who worked in the home affairs field knew, for ACPO to lobby parliament and individual MPs on subjects relating to the police. ACPO saw that as part of their remit.

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