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Asked if the Prime Minister agreed that the teaching assistant at the centre of the current debate regarding the wearing of veils should be sacked, the PMOS replied that what the Prime Minister believed was that there was a debate going on, and that these were matters which should be resolved locally.

Asked if that meant that the Prime Minister thought that Phil Woolas should not have spoken his mind about it, the PMOS said again that there was a debate going on, and people were perfectly entitled to contribute to that debate from all points of view.

Put that in terms of responsibility, was there a "loosening of the reins", the PMOS said that there was not. As the PMOS had said last week, issues such as this were matters of personal view, not Government policy. Therefore, people were entitled to express their personal view.

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