» Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Asked about the Prime Minister's comments on smacking, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said he had no comment to add. It was best that the Prime Minister spoke for himself on personal family matters.

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Asked for an update on Iran, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that we were concerned by reports from the IAEA, and we were waiting for a full report from them later today. Everyone needed to be clear that this did seem to amount to another breach of IAEA board resolutions. Mr. El Baradei had summed up the situation well when he said that the international community was running out of patience, and we shared that view. The PMOS said that clearly, the next step was the Foreign Secretary would keep in close touch with our E3 colleagues, and we expected Ministers to discuss with the E3 the next steps soon. The first real port of call was with the IAEA board.

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Asked whether the Foreign Secretary's upcoming statement would be taking this any further, the PMOS told journalists that the Foreign Secretary would be underlining, quite rightly, the seriousness with which we viewed the latest development. He had said this himself this morning and the Foreign Secretary had also confirmed it in the Commons this afternoon. Jack Straw planned to meet his E3 counterparts shortly to discuss the matter. There would also be a report to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the matter followed, he suspected, by a Board meeting.

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Asked what would happen next with regards to the "Respect" agenda, the PMOS summarised what the basic approach was. Local authorities told us that for each local authority area in England and Wales, approximately fifty families in each area caused a large percentage of problems. Therefore, what that suggested, and what experience suggested was that what might seem in themselves small measures, could have a big effect in helping local neighbourhoods. What was critical was to give individuals, neighbourhoods and communities the confidence and the hope that they could take action, or help bring about action, that would eliminate the problems that came from that disproportionately small number of people.

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Police Officers

Asked if the Prime Minister was happy that police officers were also working as window cleaners to supplement their salaries, the PMOS said that was a matter for the police authorities and the Home Office to deal with.

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Put that the Prime Minister seemed to say this morning that he wanted to extend the shift from serious crime to fraud, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had talked in the past about problems with fraud trials, and indeed, we were taking action through DCA on fraud trials. In terms of the overall position of recognising that the legal reality of the day was different from that of the 19th Century, then, yes, people were right. With regards to fraud trials, the PMOS recommended the journalist spoke to the DCA.

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Asked that on the bombing of Al-Jazeera story, did the Prime Minister have a view on who should be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), the PMOS said that prosecutions under the OSA were not a matter for the Prime Minister to comment on.

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Asked if the Prime Minister was minded to give a free vote to MPs on smoking in public places, the PMOS replied that as he had said yesterday, the Prime Minister had dealt with this issue in the Christmas time press conference, and nothing had changed since then.

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