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Terrorism Bill-ACPO

Asked if the Prime Minister thought the House of Lords should now accept the 28 days ruling from the House of Commons, and also were the comments about the death penalty regarding the police officer who died during a raid on Friday considered helpful, the PMOS said that given the horrific events of Friday, people were perfectly entitled to express their view. It was not one, however, that the Government agreed with. In terms of the Terror Bill, the Government’s belief was that 90 days was the right solution, but the Commons had spoken. What the House of Lords would do was a matter for them.

Asked what advice had Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) given the Government about issues like incitement to terrorism, the PMOS said that in terms of ACPO’s advice, it was a matter for ACPO to talk about, not him.

Put to the PMOS that he had talked about ACPO’s advice in the past, the PMOS replied that ACPO had made their view on 90 days public on 21st July. The PMOS said he would not pre-empt what ACPO said on other things.

Put to the PMOS that ACPO had said in the Terror Bill that some of the measures could be perceived as anti-Muslim, the PMOS said that he thought that the Guardian had said that ACPO had said that…which was not the same thing!

The journalist told the PMOS that he had phoned ACPO and they had said those were their views and they had expressed them to the Government at the time, the PMOS replied that in terms of 90 days, our position had not changed at all, as ACPO very strongly argued in favour of the motion.

Put to the PMOS that there was a situation where ACPO gave a lot of advice to the Government on various issues, and in some cases, the Government acted on the advice, but on others, it appeared to ignore it, the PMOS said it was always dangerous to look for consistency from the Lobby, but at the time, we were criticised for doing everything that the police had asked us to do, and now we were criticised for using our judgement! Our judgement on 90 days was, and still remained a compelling argument.

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