Asked what the current position was on the Smoking Bill, and if it would be published tomorrow, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said the position was the same as it was this morning and yesterday afternoon, and there was no reason to believe that the original timetable had changed.
Asked if it was right to say that people had "come closer together" on the issue over the course of the day, the PMOS replied that he did not give a processology about how we reached decisions; rather he talked about the decisions and he had nothing to add to what he had said this morning and yesterday afternoon.
Put to the PMOS that the Department of Health had said the Bill would now be published on Thursday and not tomorrow, the PMOS replied that his understanding was, as he had said this morning and yesterday afternoon, that he had nothing to believe that the original timetable had changed.
Asked if there were elements of the legislation that could be brought in later on, the PMOS repeated what he had said this morning which was did he think there would be a clear sense of direction after the announcement was made: yes. Did he think that there would be practical issues that still needed to be brought through: yes, probably.
Asked if we were nearer the manifesto today than we were yesterday, the PMOS said it was very kind of the journalist to invite him to comment before the announcement had been made, but he would decline!
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