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Machinery of Government

Asked what the point of today’s changes in the machinery of Government were, the PMOS said that it was all covered in the Press Note. It was a sensible re-arrangement of Government.

Asked which department would be taking a lead on the issue of Respect, the PMOS said that the question was based on a false premise. Respect had many different elements to it. As the Prime Minister had said himself on election day outside number 10, part of that agenda was something that Government could not deliver, concerning the responsibility of parents, and what happens in schools and so on. On some aspects there were very direct things the Government could do and was already doing. In terms of the Home Office with ASBOs, equally the ODPM in terms of communities, or in education where, as the Prime Minister had said, there was a dialogue to be had with headmasters about school discipline and so on. There were various different elements. The important thing was that Government as a whole brought together its thinking. Over time people would see how this was happening, not necessarily with one department but as a cross-departmental issue. Asked if there was any department which would be taking the lead on the issue, the PMOS said that it would be better if we waited until announcements were made concerning how we managed the cross departmental issues within Government. He recognised that there was a need for the threads being drawn together from across the Government and thought was being put into that.

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