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Asked if the policy was "still alive", the Leader said it was, because the powers in the original Act remained and, as Tessa Jowell had said last night in a brief statement after the decision in the House of Lords, the Government was reflecting on how to take the matter forward. He said the Government would come back to Parliament in due course on it. Pressed further, the Leader said he was not in a position to go into detail. He suggested that journalists should read the resolution passed in the House of Lords by three votes and pointed out that a lot of the concerns had been about process. That was being looked at, but he declined to comment in further detail at present. Decisions were not required overnight because of the Easter recess and the forthcoming period of elections.

Asked if there had to be a specific interval before the legislation could be brought back before Parliament, the Leader said he did not think so. He pointed out that, for affirmative Orders as this one was, they had to go through both Houses of Parliament.

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