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28 Days

Asked in light of the Chancellor's speech today if there was to be any imminent amendment or removal of 28 days the PMOS said the Government stuck by its view that 90 days was preferable but had recognised the will of Parliament, and that view remained the Government's firm conviction.  He reiterated that there were no imminent plans to reopen the question and that remains the position.  PMOS mentioned that others, such as the Home Affairs Select Committee, had moved into similar thinking as the Government.  When asked if there could be something in the Queen's Speech regarding 28 days and the Criminal Justice Bill the PMOS said he was not aware of any plans to reopen the question at the moment. 

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

28 Days

Asked in light of the Chancellor's speech today if there was to be any imminent amendment or removal of 28 days the PMOS said the Government stuck by its view that 90 days was preferable but had recognised the will of Parliament, and that view remained the Government's firm conviction.  He reiterated that there were no imminent plans to reopen the question and that remains the position.  PMOS mentioned that others, such as the Home Affairs Select Committee, had moved into similar thinking as the Government.  When asked if there could be something in the Queen's Speech regarding 28 days and the Criminal Justice Bill the PMOS said he was not aware of any plans to reopen the question at the moment. 

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

28 Days

Asked in light of the Chancellor's speech today if there was to be any imminent amendment or removal of 28 days the PMOS said the Government stuck by its view that 90 days was preferable but had recognised the will of Parliament, and that view remained the Government's firm conviction.  He reiterated that there were no imminent plans to reopen the question and that remains the position.  PMOS mentioned that others, such as the Home Affairs Select Committee, had moved into similar thinking as the Government.  When asked if there could be something in the Queen's Speech regarding 28 days and the Criminal Justice Bill the PMOS said he was not aware of any plans to reopen the question at the moment. 

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Northern Ireland

Asked whether if the Prime Minister was encouraged by what Gerry Adams had said in his speech last night the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that as the International Monitoring Commission (IMC) Report had highlighted the Republican leadership knew that they had to engage with the police and Gerry Adams' speech last nights seemed to echo that assessment. In terms of the details this was one leg of the issues that had to be addressed in the next few days. The other issue being power sharing, and as we said earlier this week the number of issues being faced this week is relatively small. And we believed it was a matter of how and when we moved forward, not if.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

28 Days

Asked in light of the Chancellor's speech today if there was to be any imminent amendment or removal of 28 days the PMOS said the Government stuck by its view that 90 days was preferable but had recognised the will of Parliament, and that view remained the Government's firm conviction.  He reiterated that there were no imminent plans to reopen the question and that remains the position.  PMOS mentioned that others, such as the Home Affairs Select Committee, had moved into similar thinking as the Government.  When asked if there could be something in the Queen's Speech regarding 28 days and the Criminal Justice Bill the PMOS said he was not aware of any plans to reopen the question at the moment. 

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

28 Days

Asked in light of the Chancellor's speech today if there was to be any imminent amendment or removal of 28 days the PMOS said the Government stuck by its view that 90 days was preferable but had recognised the will of Parliament, and that view remained the Government's firm conviction.  He reiterated that there were no imminent plans to reopen the question and that remains the position.  PMOS mentioned that others, such as the Home Affairs Select Committee, had moved into similar thinking as the Government.  When asked if there could be something in the Queen's Speech regarding 28 days and the Criminal Justice Bill the PMOS said he was not aware of any plans to reopen the question at the moment. 

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Queen’s Speech

Asked if it was correct to assume that security and terror will be at the heart of the Queen's Speech and it would be a joint agenda the PMOS replied that the Queen's Speech is an issue that is dealt with at the time by the appropriate people. 

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Health Care Commission

Asked about the Health Care Commission Report (HCC) that £500 billion had been spent on the NHS but the HCC was now critical of trusts the PMOS said that the Report had not yet been published and that claims leaked regarding hospital ratings were wrong. The Department of Health were confident that the picture would be much brighter when the full Report was published on Thursday. He added that people should not misinterpret the process of change within the NHS. With regards to budget deficits there were some areas of the NHS, a minority of organisations, where there were weak management structures and these were being addressed. Secondly this should not be confused with the process of reconfiguration which was responding to changes in medical treatments, technology and changes in disease patterns but also changes in people's desire to have services closer to where they live. All of this made change, in terms of the structure, inevitable. People should not pretend that the NHS of 10 years ago was the NHS that was needed today, it needs to change. Part of this change does highlight problems but that this is a sign of health not weakness.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Queen’s Speech

Asked if it was correct to assume that security and terror will be at the heart of the Queen's Speech and it would be a joint agenda the PMOS replied that the Queen's Speech is an issue that is dealt with at the time by the appropriate people. 

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

David Blunkett

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that the divisions in Cabinet over the Gulf War, as published in David Blunkett's memoirs, was helpful the PMOS reminded everyone that he did not do, and never had done book reviews and that this position had not changed. Asked if Prime Minister had read the extracts the PMOS replied that he doubted it. Asked if the Prime Minister had been confident of the Chancellor's support to go to war the PMOS said that the Chancellor had made his position clear.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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