» Thursday, March 23, 2006

Working Ministerial Statements

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that the Prime Minister had tabled two written ministerial statements today. The first was about the appointment of Sir John Bourn as the independent adviser on ministers' interests. As journalists no doubt recalled the Prime Minister had announced last week that he would appoint an independent figure. Sir John Bourn was the highly respected Comptroller and Auditor General and he would now advise ministers on ministerial interests and if necessary establish the facts for the Prime Minister. The second that we were publishing, also announced last week, was the details of how the honours system would work now that the Prime Minister would no longer nominate individuals for honours.

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Norman Kember

The PMOS told journalists that at the beginning of Cabinet the Prime Minster had expressed on behalf of the government his very deep appreciation and admiration for the outstanding professionalism, courage and commitment shown by all those, military and civilian, involved in this operation. The Foreign Secretary had also spoken about Mr Kember's rescue on his way into Cabinet this morning. He had said that the rescue was the result of weeks and weeks of careful planning and British forces had played a prominent role in the multinational rescue operation. He could not go into details of the operation for reasons journalists would understand. Mr Kember was well and was presently at the British Embassy in Baghdad. The Foreign Secretary has spoken to Mrs Kember this morning very shortly after learning of Mr Kember's rescue.

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Government Contracts

Asked if the government was happy that Capita had not received preferential treatment, the PMOS said that contracts were dealt with in the usual way, which was by officials not ministers. Asked why then had Rod Aldridge resigned if he had not thought his loan would affect Capita contracts, the PMOS said that it was up to Mr Aldridge to explain why he had resigned. All companies were treated in the same way when applying for contracts, which was through a tendering process.

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European Council

Asked what the Prime Minister was expecting from the summit and how serious was the protectionism proposal being taken, the PMOS said we hoped to press forward with the Hampton Court agenda. For example on energy, which had only increased in significance since it was first identified at our summit at Hampton Court and the events in the Ukraine had further underlined that. There was also economic reform and R&D. In terms of protectionism in general this country had been at the forefront of arguing in favour of completing the single market and was for market liberalisation. We believed that was both in the interests of consumers and also in the interests of industry. Our experience suggested that it also created jobs. As such we were in favour of maximum openness and the performance of our economy suggested that worked.

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Asked whether there had been a policy hardening towards Iran given the leaked FCO memo, the PMOS said that we had not changed our policy towards Iran. We had always been clear that we believed that Iran had to comply with international obligations of the UN, the IAEA and that remained the case. We would work with our partners at the UN to produce whatever maximised the pressure on Iran to comply. We did not give running commentaries on either leaked memos or proceedings at the UN. What mattered was the outcome and the outcome we wanted was maximum international pressure on Iran to comply with its obligations.

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