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Prisoner Voting

Asked if Ken Clarke was speaking for the Government when he urged MPs not to vote against the prisoner voting motion next week, the PMS replied that the House would express a view on the prisoner voting issue and we would take that view into account alongside our legal advice before setting out precisely what we were going to do. The PMS said the Government’s policy was to keep the number of prisoners who get the vote to an absolute minimum, but at the same time we had to be mindful of existing compensation claims.

Asked if the Prime Minister would vote on the motion himself, the PMS replied that he could not yet confirm what the Prime Minister’s plans were. He added that he did not know what the precise whipping arrangements would be for the vote.

Asked if there would be a vote on the Government’s proposals when it came to a final view on the matter, the PMS confirmed any new policy would require legislation.

Asked if the new legislation would come into force before the May elections, the PMS replied that he did not believe that timetable would be possible.

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