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Asked if the Prime Minster had any sense as to the risk he could be taking by pushing ahead without any concessions on 42 days given that both opposition parties and back benchers were against this, the PMS replied that we would have to see what happens in any vote. The Prime Minister talked about this in some of his interviews at the weekend and made clear then the differences between the various participants in this debate were not as great as were sometimes portrayed, and we had to be careful not to exaggerate those differences. There was an emerging consensus around what the principals should be, with many people who participate in this debate accepting that there were circumstances in which it may be necessary to detain people beyond 28 days. The only question that then remained was what were the necessary safeguards that needed to be put in place.

Asked if the Government’s position on this was not fixed ahead of the Bill, or was there still room for further attempts to seek compromise during the passing of the Bill, the PMS replied that the Government would be publishing the Bill with its proposals on Thursday, and those would be the Government’s proposals.

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