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Law and Order

Asked what the Prime Minister made of the general claim that "widespread social breakdown" was behind the recent spate of killings, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister would not accept the premise of this question, as Jack Straw, Jacqui Smith and other ministers had made clear in recent days. There were clearly particular issues relating to gun crime, and as the Prime Minister said last week any death of an 11 year old is a great tragedy. Where there was the need for new laws, they would be passed, and where there was a need for tougher enforcement, we would make sure that happened. The Prime Minister met last week with the police and relevant agencies, and there would be further discussions in the period ahead.

Asked if the Prime Minister had any plans to contact the family of Rhys Jones, the PMS replied that this was something that we would not normally comment on publicly.

Asked to comment on the Scottish Executive’s call for more powers in relation to gun licensing, particularly over air guns, the PMS replied that we were aware that these issues had been raised, but there was no specific reaction to give today.

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