» Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Amir of Qatar

Asked if the subject of Al Jazeera would come up, the Prime Minister Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that it was entirely for the Amir to decide.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (2)

Afghanistan Troop Deployment

Asked about an announcement tomorrow on deployment of troops to Afghanistan, the PMOS apologized for suggesting yesterday that he didn't anticipate an announcement on this later this week. He stressed that there could be some sort of clarification this week. However he would not get drawn into any discussion of what the announcement might be.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

PMQs

Asked if the Prime Minister liked the new approach PMQ's, as opposed to the non Punch and Judy version, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister would answer in his own way whatever questions were put to him in whatever style they came.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Economic Growth

Put to him that the UK economy was growing at its slowest rate since 1992, the PMOS referred journalists to the Treasury for their detailed rebuttal of that. He was sure they would point out the UK's pre-eminence in terms of maintaining growth over a sustained period. Asked how much growth would have to diminish before the Prime Minister started taking an interest, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister took a very strong interest but someone simply insulting the Prime Minister would not tempt him into pre-empting the Treasury's response.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Police Reforms

Asked about David Cameron's suggestion that the Home Secretary had said one thing and the Prime Minister expressed his preferred options differently, such as the one at his press conference on Monday on the idea of forces combining over certain things, the PMOS said that Hazel Blears had dealt with this elsewhere this afternoon.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

George Galloway

Asked if the Prime Minister would vote to keep George Galloway in the Big Brother House, the PMOS said that it was usually the case that we had to update the Prime Minister on the events on Big Brother, rather than the other way round. Questioned further about Mr. Galloway's eccentric behaviour on the show, the PMOS said that he didn't think that anyone should have to comment on such matters.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Amir of Qatar

Asked of the Prime Minister's meeting with the Amir of Qatar today was about anything specific, the PMOS said that it was primarily to discuss regional issues.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Wilson Doctrine

Asked if there was a timetable for the report, the PMOS said no. It would be whenever the Interception Commissioner, Sir Swinton Thomas, had actually had a chance to talk to people. It would go at his pace. Asked if the Prime Minister was open minded and waiting to be persuaded, the PMOS said that first and foremost, there had been erroneous reports that the Prime Minister, following 7/7, had initiated this. That was not the case. This was a result of an initiative taken by Sir Swinton Thomas and therefore it was important that we went at the pace set by Sir Swinton.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Education White Paper

Asked whether the Prime Minister expected the Education Bill to reflect David Cameron's comments, the PMOS said that the education bill would reflect what it reflected. The Prime Minister had been setting out a response to specific questions put to him by the Leader of the Opposition and he had replied in the affirmative.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Iran

Asked if the Prime Minister had seen the comments by the Iranian Foreign Minister blaming Britain for the bombings, the PMOS said that he was not sure the Prime Minister had seen them, but either way he did not think they were worthy of a response.

Briefing took place at 17:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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