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Anonymity for Witnesses

Asked what the Prime Minister’s involvement had been in the proposed emergency legislation on anonymity for witnesses, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister had had internal meetings with Jacqui Smith and Jack Straw among others. Asked whether anonymity would be restored for specific crimes such as drug cases, the PMS replied that on specifics, people should wait for Jack Straw’s statement tomorrow.

Asked whether the legislation would come from the Ministry of Justice rather than the Home Office, the PMS said he thought that was correct. Asked if there had been discussions between the parties on the issue, as suggested by the Prime Minister in PMQ’s, the PMS said that there had been. Asked whether all parties would cooperate, the PMS said that the Government hoped to take this forward on a cross-party basis.

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