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David Blunkett

Asked if there was any discussion at Cabinet about members of Cabinet giving performance reports on fellow ministers or an urging from the Prime Minister for Ministers to keep their thoughts to themselves the PMOS said that he had left just before the end but up till that point there had been no mention of that, but he would check on the detail of the remainder of the meeting and get back. Asked if the Prime Minister had expressed any views following Prime Minister’s Questions when he said he had had enough of it the PMOS said that he had not heard him do so, but again he would get back.

Asked if the Budd report would be the definitive word on this issue, if it would be the end of the matter as far as we were concerned, the PMOS said that the Budd Report would report and we would then see what it said. In terms of timing it would take as long as it took. People had expressed a desire to give evidence and that would now have to be taken into account. Asked if it had to be published when Parliament was sitting the PMOS said that it would depend on the view of the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office who had asked for the review. Ultimately though it would depend on when it was ready.

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