» Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Asked if the Prime Minister believed that the time was right for a joint committee to reinvestigate and re-examine the abortion issues, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister’s approach was what almost all Prime Ministers’ approaches had been which was this was a matter for individual conscience and for individual MPs. Therefore, it was a matter that was left to Parliament.

Asked what his own personal view was, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had always said that this was a matter for Parliament, and therefore, he did not express a view, as it would then shape the overall debate.

Asked if there was any information about the Government putting this issue on the agenda, order reports etc, the PMOS said that traditionally, it had been backbenchers who had taken the initiative. That remained the position.

Asked if the Parliamentary timetable was looking tight, or was there some flexibility in it, the PMOS replied that he was not going to get involved in adding to speculation on this issue, as it was a matter for backbenchers.

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