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Asked to elaborate on the role of the Chancellor in relation to the Home Office and the spending review, the PMOS said that he had dealt with this yesterday. The Treasury had always had a role in allocating money to the security services and for security in general. Asked what the Prime Minister had announced yesterday, the PMOS said it was a party speech so he could not comment, but his understanding was that the Prime Minister had been referring to the Treasury’s normal role. Put that the Prime Minister had spoken about the Chancellor having a role in policy development, the PMOS said that in terms of the Treasury’s role in overseeing spending in departments it obviously linked into the overall strategy. Asked how the relationship between the John Reid and Gordon Brown would work, the PMOS said the relationship between the Home Secretary and the Chancellor was absolutely the normal one. Asked to characterise that, the PMOS said it was between one of a Minister in charge of a department and the Treasury, which funded that department.

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