HOME AFFAIRS – 42 DAYS' DETENTION – 9 June 2008

Dr Julian Lewis: Has the Home Secretary any idea why the Security Service – MI5 – is so unenthusiastic about the Government's proposal to extend detention without charge to 42 days?

[The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Jacqui Smith): I believe that, when one has a Security Service, it is important that it is politically neutral. The Security Service has rightly taken that position.]