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Security Statement

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by informing Lobby of the security reviews that would be published tomorrow, and the Prime Minister’s statement to the House.

Asked if the two security reviews would be published before the Prime Minister’s statement tomorrow, the PMS replied that the assumption was that the Prime Minister would lay the reviews in the House simultaneously. With the Lord West Review it would just be the main conclusions that would be published, as parts were obviously security sensitive. Essentially the point of tomorrow’s statement was to give an update following the Prime Minister’s statement in July on security. So tomorrow statement would be quite wide ranging and would cover these two aspects in particular. For guidance it was best not to get too excited about anything new coming on 28 days or anything in that territory.

Asked exactly what would be published, because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, the PMS replied that his understanding was that certainly the conclusions of the West Review would be published in the form of a Written Ministerial Statement. His understanding was that the O’Donnell Review would be published in full, but he would check. Certainly there would be new things to say coming out of both of the reviews that the Prime Minister would update the House on tomorrow.

Asked if both the reviews had been discussed in Cabinet this morning, or within the relevant Cabinet Committees, the PMS replied that they had been discussed within Government with the relevant Ministers.

Asked for a bit more flavour on the PM’s statement tomorrow, the PMS replied that the best thing to do was look back at the sorts of territory the Prime Minister covered in his July statement. It was essentially an update on that with a number of new elements to it including where we were following Lord West’s work and following Sir Gus O’Donnell’s work.

Asked for a reminder of the genesis of Lord West’s report, the PMS replied that the context was that this was set up after the failed terror attacks in London and in Glasgow. At the time we said that we did not want to rush into any conclusions that were not properly thought through. So Lord West, a great expert on security matters, was asked to do a piece of work over a period of time looking at issues relating to security in crowded pieces and the political infrastructure. That piece of work has now concluded.

Put that this would mean looking at nightclubs, and airports for example, the PMS replied that we should wait for the statement tomorrow.

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