» Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Northern Ireland

Asked for further information on the Prime Minister's speech on Thursday about the Northern Ireland peace process, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that what was important was that as people knew, we had been considering our proposals for some time. We had had talks, not just with the parties who we were seeing this week, but also with the SDLP and the Ulster Unionists. We were going to come up with proposals which the two Governments believed offered a way forward. It would be for the parties to respond to that, but the PMOS suspected that we would be in a position where it would not be anybody's ideal way forward, but we believed it would offer a definite way forward and we hoped that the parties would respond in a positive way. The PMOS said we should see where we got to on Thursday.

Briefing took place at 16:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Turner Report

Asked what the Prime Minister's final reaction was to the Turner Report, and did he intend to see it implemented in legislation while he remained Prime Minister, the PMOS replied that as people knew whenever the second Turner report was published, the Prime Minister welcomed it as a serious piece of work. There would be a series of questions that we needed to address and we would address those in the White Paper which would be published later this spring.

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