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Home Office Review

Put that with all the various events in the recent months, would the sequences be several statements from John Reid before the summer recess and one after on Megan’s Law, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister’s speech would set the intellectual framework for the approach of the Government. John Reid was looking at how we changed and transformed the Home Office to meet present day needs. There were also issues about sentencing which Dr. Reid and Lord Falconer were looking at, including the issue of how foreign prisoners and deportations were dealt with. The PMOS said that the speech on Friday was not about the detail, but it was about the intellectual overview. The proposals which John Reid would surface before July would be about the detail, but people should wait until then.

Put that the Prime Minister had said in his press conference recently that there would be a series of measures being announced before the summer recess, including measures on organised crime, for example, and was he going to be talking about the Bills that would come in as well, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister’s starting point would be much more of an intellectual overview of the whole system, within which were the detailed measures.

The journalist said that at the press conference, he had asked the Prime Minister about funding for the Home Office, and the Prime Minister had replied that it was a matter for the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), but the Chancellor had announced the figures in the budget, so did that mean that the Prime Minister supported a review of the figures, the PMOS said: no. What was announced before was there, and that was the position. The overall Government approach to spending was set out in CSR.

Asked if it was still open, the PMOS replied no, the position had not changed.

Put that it had, the PMOS said that it had not changed.

Put that Dr. Reid was looking for more money, the PMOS replied that the journalist asserted that, but the PMOS had not heard Dr Reid say that.

Asked if it was right that any Megan’s/Sarah’s Law announcement would not form part of the July announcement, the PMOS said that it was important that people let Gerry Sutcliffe work on his fact finding mission, and carry out his analysis, and we would decide where to go from there.

Asked if splitting up the Home Office was off the agenda, the PMOS said that we had set out our position on that. We believed that there was a natural synthesis between immigration issues, policing issues, and the criminal justice area issues. Therefore, we had taken other elements out and given them to the DCA etc in the past. However, we believed that the present system made sense.

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