then they might get more attention. UK Home Secretary John Reid, speaking in the House of Commons, suddenly seems to have a stronger interest in finding out what exactly might be on board planes, even if it means trodding on diplomatic niceties -- a willingness that has been missing in Britain and Ireland for George Bush's rendition flights --
As for co-operation with the Russians, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has spoken to them and we have been assured of their co-operation. We understand that that assurance goes up to the highest level in the Russian authorities. Of course, if it is necessary to use the powers that are conferred on the police to obtain access, for instance, to aeroplanes in this country, they will be prepared to exercise that power on their own judgment. There will be no political prohibition on the police following where the evidence leads them.
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