» Monday, December 5, 2005

Pre-Budget Report Cabinet

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that at the Chancellor had told Cabinet this morning that: "In a year when the UK came face-to-face with the full force of global economic change, the pre-budget report would show how the economic policy framework we had established in 1997, was passing the test of stability. The report would set out the long terms reforms and long term investments now needed to build on that hard-won stability, meet the demands of British people and make the most of the opportunities of globalisation, including investing in science, skills, enterprise and creativity, making affordable housing available to young people and increasing support for hard-working families."

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Bilateral EU Discussions

The PMOS told journalists that the Prime Minister would hold a series of bilateral meetings on Thursday and Friday this week. On Thursday he would meet the Prime Minister's of Portugal, Finland, Slovenia, Sweden and the Netherlands. On Friday he would have a phone call with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, he would meet Bertie Ahern of the Republic of Ireland, the Greek Prime Minister, and Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain.

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Extraordinary Rendition

Asked for the Government's response to reports that the CIA had been passing through UK airports when transporting prisoners from US jurisdiction to be tortured in other countries, the PMOS said that the US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, would be speaking about this later today and he did not want to pre-empt what she said. However he would repeat what he had said last week which was that there was no evidence that we were aware of that British airports had been used for this purpose.

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Other Business

Asked if the Prime Minister would make a full speech up when he was presented with the 'East-West Statesman of the Decade Award' on Wednesday, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister would naturally make a response, but he wouldn't describe it as a full speech.

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