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28 Days

Asked in light of the Chancellor’s speech today if there was to be any imminent amendment or removal of 28 days the PMOS said the Government stuck by its view that 90 days was preferable but had recognised the will of Parliament, and that view remained the Government’s firm conviction.  He reiterated that there were no imminent plans to reopen the question and that remains the position.  PMOS mentioned that others, such as the Home Affairs Select Committee, had moved into similar thinking as the Government.  When asked if there could be something in the Queen’s Speech regarding 28 days and the Criminal Justice Bill the PMOS said he was not aware of any plans to reopen the question at the moment. 

When asked about what the Chancellor had said about the approach to 28 days in his speech today the PMOS said that as at the time of the debate the evidence did point to more than 28 days and this had always been the Government’s position because of the complexity of cases, translation issues, globalisation of terror networks and that these issues were alive and these issues remained.

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