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Further Reshuffle Appointments

Asked whether Ruth Kelly’s comments on protecting private housing space had the full backing of Downing Street, the PMOS said that there was always a balance to be struck between proper planning procedures and the need to ensure development. It was worth looking at the reasons why we needed 200 000 new homes. It was primarily because of a change in demographics not migration. Migration only counted for 18% of the total. The change in demographics was accounted for by a growth in the number of elderly, separated people and the growth in single people who wanted to live on their own. Asked about her refusal to say whether she thought homosexuality was a sin and her refusal to comment on whether same sex couples should be allowed to adopt and that she would continue to vote with her conscience, the PMOS said that what had been left out of that was that she had repeatedly said that she not only recognised but supported decisions taken by the government in this area. She had also repeatedly said that she was totally opposed to discrimination on any grounds whatsoever. Ruth Kelly had also pointed out that she very much pushed the equality agenda when at the Cabinet Office.

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