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Prisoner Voting

Asked about the status of the debate in the House and the vote that would follow it, the PMS replied that if there was a motion and Parliament debated and voted on it, then that was Parliament expressing its view. The PMS added that we had said that we would listen to Parliament’s view and take it into account.

Put that a group of lawyers this morning had told the Government that it would need to act on this before the May 5th election, as the Scottish and Welsh elections were covered by the European convention, the PMS replied that lawyers could appear before committees and express legal views.

The PMS said that this debate would take place next week and we would listen to what Parliament had to say. We would take that into account as well as our own legal advice and then come forward with a proposal.

Asked if the August deadline for this remained, the PMS said that we would not be changing our timetable on this.

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