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Asked for an update on the Home Office reorganisation plan in light of concerns raised by Margaret Beckett and Ruth Kelly, the PMOS replied that the question was almost Gibbonesque in its quality of building in assumptions that the journalist hoped he would agree with. As he had said yesterday, John Reid had put forward a serious suggestion based on the new terrorist threat that we faced. However this was a matter that needed to be discussed, as there were implications across Government. Serious consideration needed to be given to the matter and discussions had to be had.

Asked if representations had been made by MI6 or GCHQ, the PMOS replied that he was not getting into the processology of discussions within government. What was important was to deal with the substance. There was now a new terrorist threat, the complexity of which was different and something that other countries were having to grapple with as well. The important thing was to consider the argument in the round and then reach a decision.

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