» Thursday, November 17, 2005


Asked for a reaction to the various media stories today regarding the conclusions of the Turner Commission on Pensions, the PMOS pointed out that the Commission had not yet published its report and we were therefore not going to rule out any options at this stage. Asked if the Prime Minister would accept that it would be more difficult to persuade people to work until the age of 67 in return for a more generous state pension, the PMOS repeated that it was important to wait for the report to be published at the end of the month. In the meantime, nobody was ruling anything in or out. People should exercise a little patience.

Asked if the Prime Minister was unhappy with the public sector pensions deal, the PMOS said that he had dealt with the issue at length at yesterday’s briefing. He had nothing further to say about it. Asked if the deal was "signed, sealed and delivered" and whether the Turner Commission’s conclusions might have an impact on it, the PMOS said that as he had told journalists yesterday, he was not aware of any plans to address the agreement again. That remained the position.

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