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Terror Legislation

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned by the fact that because of delays in passing the Terrorism Act of 2006, those arrested at Forest Gate would have to be released next Friday, whereas the Terrorism Act’s provision for 28 days would have meant they could have been held a lot longer, the PMS said that it had been at Parliament’s request that a code of practice should be agreed before the new powers were implemented. Codes of practice had to go out for consultation. After the Act had received royal ascent, the consultation document had been published in order to meet parliament’s request. We expected a code of practice to be laid before parliament very shortly. Put to her that the code of practice could have been consulted on a lot earlier, the PMS pointed out that the Act had been passed on the 30th March and the consultation started on the 2nd May which lasted 3 weeks. That was much shorter than the normal 12 weeks. So there had already been a significant reduction in the normal timescale. However in terms of the detail of the process journalists should speak to the Home Office.

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