» Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Referring to the report on British American Tobacco (BAT) in today’s Guardian, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) pointed out that that the alleged ‘secret meeting’ giving BAT ‘privileged access’ to the Prime Minister was, in fact, an annual meeting which the Prime Minister held with the chairmen of multi-nationals. It was entirely routine. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss broad world economic matters. The last meeting had taken place this month when those attending had discussed Africa, amongst other issues. Contrary to what had been reported, the issue of a DTI investigation had not been raised at the meeting referred to by the Guardian.

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