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Human Rights Act

Asked if the Human Rights Act had been abused by some criminals and lawyers, the PMOS replied that as he had said yesterday afternoon, first and foremost, we had to address the question that had been raised by legal experts, that we should not mix up the Human Rights Act and the European Convention, and we had to be careful about that. Secondly, we should recognise that other countries in Europe were signatories to both, and they did not have the problems that we had. These were matters that in particular cases were being tested before the courts, and the Prime Minister had made clear his determination to do everything to ensure that public safety and public concern on these matters was addressed, and he would continue to do so.

Put that David Cameron had said that the Tories were looking to scrap the Human Rights Act, and was the Government still fully committed to it, the PMOS said people had to look at the benefits of the Human Rights Act and the benefits of the Convention in protecting British citizens. Therefore, people had to look at the upside. In terms of the operation of the Human Rights Act, and in terms of the interpretation, those were matters of public concern which the Government had said that we would ensure were addressed, and we would do so. What was important was that we saw the outcome that process was testing before we took any further steps.

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