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Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron & Ed Miliband

Prime Minister David Cameron took questions from MPs on 22 June 2011, facing calls from Labour leader Ed Miliband during the first of their two exchanges to reopen the strategic defence and security review (SDSR).

Mr Miliband described the PM's remark that armed forces chiefs should stick to "the fighting" and leave "the talking" to him as "very crass and high-handed".

But Mr Cameron insisted that British forces could maintain the current level of operations in Libya despite the concerns recently raised by Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant and the First Sea Lord, Sir Mark Stanhope.

He told MPs the SDSR had already been reviewed by the national security council, and he had received assurances from Chief of the Defence Staff Sir David Richards "that we are capable of keeping up this operation for as long as it takes".

In his second group of questions to the PM, Mr Miliband argued that the government's policy on the retention of DNA would make it less likely to secure rape convictions.

Citing warnings from the charity Rape Crisis that DNA evidence was "vital" in catching rapists, he called on the PM to scrap plans to "prevent" police from holding the DNA of rape suspects who are arrested but not charged.

But the PM argued that the DNA database had "grown out of control" under the previous government and he accused the opposition leader of presenting a "partial picture" of the coalition's policy.

He claimed that the police would be allowed to "apply to keep DNA on the computer" under the government's Protection of Freedoms Bill.

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