» Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Deputy Prime Minister

Asked what meetings the Deputy Prime Minister would be having today, the Prime Ministers' Spokesman (PMS) said that the Deputy Prime Minister would be working in Whitehall. He had chaired meetings with officials this morning looking at government business for the week and later today he would put out an update with DfID on the UK reaction to the Indonesian earthquake. The Deputy Prime Minister had been co-ordinating those efforts with DFID. As journalists knew he had also chaired a meeting on this over the weekend. Later in the week the Deputy Prime Minister would be going on a visit to look at a drugs rehabilitation project and on Friday he would chair a meeting of the British Irish Council on climate change.

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Asked, following the latest violence, whether the troop levels were sufficient, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had passed his condolences to the family and friends of the personnel killed over the weekend in Iraq. As we had also acknowledged repeatedly last week the security situation remained difficult in some provinces, including around Baghdad and Basra. We would continue to work with the newly formed Iraqi government to tackle that violence. Asked if there was also a need for further commitment in Afghanistan, the PMS said the journalist should look at the Defence Secretary's media comments today.

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