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Northern Ireland

Asked if the Northern Ireland Secretary enjoyed full support and confidence from the Prime Minister, and also, was the Prime Minister consulted on the appointment of Bertha McDougall, the PMOS replied that Peter Hain did have the Prime Minister’s full support and confidence, and the Secretary of State had said that he would co-operate fully with the investigation. With regards to Bertha McDougall, the PMOS said that he did not comment on internal discussions within Government.

Put that the High Court judge had declared that Peter Hain had been in breach of the Ministerial Code, and did that now mean that the Prime Minister thought that the Code no longer mattered, the PMOS said that there were questions that had been put to the Attorney General which were being investigated, and the Secretary of State had already said that he would co-operate with that. The PMOS said that he was not going to give a running commentary on it.

Asked if there was a second or parallel investigation from No10 being done about whether the Ministerial Code was breached, the PMOS replied that the Attorney General was looking at this matter, therefore, it was important that we let him look at it.

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