» Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Farepak

Asked if the Prime Minister would give up a day's salary for Farepak's relief, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that Ian McCartney had said that this was a matter for individual MPs. Therefore it was not in the PMOS' domain, as MPs would make their own individual decisions.

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Police Inquiry

Asked to clarify who was correct when the Lord Chancellor had said that the Attorney General would not intervene in the prosecution over 'cash for peerages' yet Lord Goldsmith has said it is his constitutional duty to intervene, the PMOS said that as he has said all along, this was a police investigation, the question posed was based on a hypothetical position and he would not comment on a hypothetical position nor an ongoing police investigation.

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Poland

Asked if the Prime Minister had expressed concerns to the Poles over the direction of government there, the PMOS said that the UK had a very good, ongoing relationship with Poland. We are working together both in Afghanistan and Iraq where they have a presence. We also believe that Poland is a very important partner for us in Europe. We share a very similar view in Europe, as nation states. We also, as confirmed at Lahti, have similar concerns over energy, climate change and energy security and the need to develop alternative sources of energy. There is a rich and historic relationship there as well as a forward facing future in Europe.

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Polish President

Asked by the Times whether at the press conference today with the Polish President, did the Prime Minister demure when the President had said that the UK was the destination for the "feckless", the PMOS said that that was not what the Polish President had said. What the Polish President actually said was that he the Polish people who came here had an opportunity to learn English and other skills, and he welcomed that fact. What we all agreed was that in a Europe where migration was a fact of life, the important thing was that people did develop the skills to prosper. That we agreed with.

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Dhiren Barot

Asked if the Prime Minister welcomed the sentence on Mr. Barot today, the PMOS said what the Prime Minister had always welcomed was whenever there was a threat to our national security, it had been dealt with. What people should reflect on was the fact that the crimes involved were pre-9/11, pre-Afghanistan and pre-Iraq and their implications.

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Prorogation of Parliament

Asked where the Prime Minister will be when the result is announced and if the Prime Minister would be commenting, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister would be asleep and as it was an election in another country first and foremost it should be up to the country involved to respond to its own election.

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Northern Ireland

Asked if there would be a formal announcement that the deadline on Friday had been passed, the PMOS said that, though not taking anything for granted, the Sinn Fein statement yesterday was positive and we were looking to be in a position where we can have a working assumption that things are going ahead. He did not think that there would be a great 'moment' on Friday, there would be an assessment and the response from the other parties was still awaited. Peter Hain was in contact with the other parties and it would be best to see where we were on Friday.

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Police Inquiry

Asked if Scotland Yard had interviewed the Prime Minister, the PMOS said: no.

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Attorney General

Asked what role the Attorney General played, the PMOS said that it was entirely a matter for the Attorney General who had an independent role which we completely respected.

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2012 Olympics

Asked if the Prime Minister had been involved in talks over VAT, the PMOS said no, it was a matter for discussion between the Department for Culture Media and Sport and HM Treasury.

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