Asked what determined the title that Camilla Parker Bowles would have once Prince Charles succeeded to the throne the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the position at the moment was limited as to what her title would be upon marriage. That was the situation at present. In terms of any future events people should wait until such events arose.
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Kevin McNamara that Michael Howard's comments "had something of a whiff of the gas chamber" the PMOS said that he would not comment on party political matters or what the leader of the opposition had said. But in terms of travellers he would simply repeat what he had this morning which was that in the Government's view you had to deal with the root cause of this problem. The root cause of this problem was that there was a shortage of legal sites. Therefore it was not simply enough to say that you had to deal with illegal sites you, also had to provide legal sights. Otherwise you were just moving the problem from one part of the country to another.
Anti Semitic adverts/comments
Asked if the Prime Minister expected to be challenged by the Board of Deputies this evening about the anti Semitic adverts put up by the Labour Party, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that they were Labour Party posters and it would therefore be inappropriate for him to comment on them.
European Council Meeting
Asked what the agenda was for the European Council meeting, the PMOS said the items were the Lisbon Agenda, and the Stability and Growth Pact. It was the traditional economic council and those were the issues that would be discussed there.
Asked why Yvette Cooper was talking about gypsies and travellers in her speech, the PMOS said she would be putting forward what we believed the core of the problem was. It was that there was not a sufficient number of legal sites, therefore the core of the problem was not about having new powers to deal with illegals. We had already developed the Temporary Stop notices that allowed people to stop a camp. The core issue was the number of legal sites. The PMOS said if illegals were moved on, then they had to have somewhere to go.
Asked if the Prime Minister was happy to have a minister in his Government who had been cautioned by the police, the PMOS told people that as Alan Johnson had said yesterday, it was a private matter, and he believed the minister involved was a very good minister.
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