» Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Northern Ireland

Asked about developments ahead of the talks this week the PMOS said as yesterday he could not overstate the importance of this week's talks and by the end of the week it would be decided if a final settlement would be possible; but that the Government realised that there is any amount of detail could trip up talks.  On the central issues of whether the Unionists are prepared to share power and whether Republicans will support policing the PMOS said that the Government believe it is a matter of how and when, not if. It was a matter of sequencing, not principle. 

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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.

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Misc

Asked if there was a list of published Cabinet Committees the PMOS referred the journalist to the Cabinet Office website.  Asked if the Prime Minister had been approached by the Metropolitan Police to speak about honours the PMOS replied that the situation remained the same.  Asked why the PM had said that he hadn't the faintest idea whether the police would wish to interview him about cash for honours, the PMOS replied that it was entirely a matter for the police, and that the police should be allowed to get on with any investigation without a running commentary from the Government.  Asked about if a decision had been made about Dorneywood the PMOS replied no.   

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Veils

Asked about whether the Prime Minister agreed with Trevor Philips's view on the wearing of veils, the PMOS replied as he had said yesterday the Prime Minister welcomed the debate but there was no government policy on the wearing of veils, as it was a personal decision. Asked if it was a Governmental or personal decision to speak English the PMOS replied that that was a different question. Asked if the Prime Minister would be happy to meet women wearing veils in Downing Street the PMOS said he was not aware of the Prime Minister's view.

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Misc

Asked if the Prime Minister had been contacted by the Metropolitan Police over the cash for peerages issue the PMOS replied that the position had not changed since yesterday or the day before that. Asked if there was any comment on the alleged second nuclear test in North Korea the PMOS replied that the situation would continued to be monitored and that discussion continued at the UN. Asked about what the Prime Minister and the Hungarian Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány, would discuss today the PMOS replied that there were European matters in common as well as issues over the UN in Afghanistan, to which the Hungarians contributing.

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