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Overseas convictions of British Nationals

Asked if the Prime Minister had a view on the news that the Home Office had sat on files concerning British people convicted abroad, and had not entered them onto the national computer, the PMOS said that the term ‘sat’ was no one he recognised. The Home Office would be issuing a statement in due course.  The PMOS added that as the story was just breaking, his information was that some of the information from other countries that had been available in the past had been patchy. Secondly, this was the whole reason why the system had been regularised under the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and transferred authority to ACPO. 

Asked how the Prime Minister felt, as it was eight months since he had appointed a new Home Secretary and further problems still seemed to be arising, the PMOS said he did not want to pre-empt the Home Office statement or their response. However, the Home Office was a complex department with complex problems and the Prime Minister had used the analogy of turning over the stones and finding problems, therefore the important questions was not whether there were further problems, but rather, whether those further problems were being dealt with.  In terms of responsibility to ACPO last May, that was evidence that the problems were identified and were being dealt with.

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