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Police Mergers/Migrants

Asked if the Government was no longer going ahead with police mergers, the PMOS said that it was a somewhat misleading summary of what Tony McNulty had said. As John Reid had said in June, the fact was that we were not going to force mergers, but what we did need to do was address the tension between local accountability and police effectiveness in light of the HIMC report. Consultations in that process would continue over the summer. Nothing had changed.

Asked if there was a deadline for the consultations, and also, why had the President of ACPO said the mergers were off, the PMOS replied that the President of ACPO could speak for himself. There had been a continuing hostility to the proposals from certain quarters. In terms of the timetable, the Home Secretary had said that that process would continue over the summer; we should therefore wait and see what happened.

Put that Liam Byrne had appeared to have said that there was going to be no amnesty for illegal migrants, the PMOS pointed people to what we had said at the time when this came up which was that there were no plans for an amnesty.

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