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42 Days

Asked if the Prime Minister had any views on John Major’s remarks about 42 days and the "authoritarian" State, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had set out the Government’s position on this in his Times article earlier this week. A lot had changed over the past ten years; the terror threat we faced now was very different from the terror threat we faced ten years ago. The Prime Minister pointed out in his Times article that in the last big IRA case in 2001, the police only had to analyse one computer and a few floppy disks. By 2004, the police who investigated the al-Qaeda plotter Dhiren Barot had to seize 270 computers, 2,000 disks and more than 8,000 other exhibits. We had to deal with the situation as we faced it now and our assessment of what future threats were likely to be.

Asked if the Prime Minister was confident that DUP members would vote in favour of the Government on 42 days, the PMS said that that was a matter for the DUP; the Prime Minister had always been confident in the strength of the argument but how the DUP would vote was a matter for them.

Asked if the Prime Minister was still confident that the Government would win the vote, the PMS said that he was confident in the strength of the argument for 42 days, but that, as we had been saying during this week, it remained the case that the vote was not yet in the bag.

Asked if the 42-day Bill was in its final shape or if there would be any further concessions, the PMS replied that we had made big changes earlier in the week.

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