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Detention without charge

Asked whether the Prime Minister was satisfied that he had made the case for 42 days detention without charge, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Government’s position had been set out very clearly on numerous occasions, following a long and detailed consultation period lasting over five months. The Counter Terror Bill would again set out the Government’s position and the reasons why it believed it was necessary in exceptional circumstances to have provision in place where pre-charge detention could be extended. This was likely to be published next week.

Asked what day the Counter Terror Bill would be published, the PMS replied that she did not have those details. Asked if the Prime Minister anticipated having enough support from his own backbenchers to pass the bill, the PMS said that she would not get drawn into such territory, but the Government had set out the reasons why it believed this was an important measure to be brought forward and also why it had much stronger judicial oversight and a role for Parliament.

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