» Monday, February 6, 2006

Schools White Paper Concessions

Asked if it was right that the Prime Minister was willing to offer the following concessions on the Schools White Paper: local council could still build schools; local council would still have a strategic overview and a ban on admission by interview, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that rather than this happening by drip feed the best time for questions to be answered was at the appropriate time when the government responded to the select committee and when the bill was published. In terms of the strategic overview item, he had already previously briefed that one of the two key principles in the bill was to give local authorities a strategic role.

Briefing took place at 6:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Danish Cartoons

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) began the briefing with a statement. He said that the Government understood the offence caused by the cartoons depicting the Prophet and, of course, regret that this had happened. Such things helped no-one. It was always sensible for freedom of expression to be exercised with respect for religious belief. But nothing could justify the violence aimed at European embassies or at the country of Denmark. We and our EU partners stand in full solidarity with them in resisting this violence and believe the Danish Government had done everything it reasonably could to handle a very difficult situation.

Briefing took place at 6:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (5)

Duchy of Lancaster

Put to him that the Cabinet Office had said that there had been no detrimental affect on public services or Government in the absence of the a Duchy of Lancaster, and asked if it was not a good time to abolish the post, the PMOS said that he never commented on reshuffle questions, no matter how many times they were asked or in how many different ways.

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