» Thursday, November 23, 2006

Police Inquiry

Asked if the police had been to visit the Prime Minister this afternoon, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS)replied no.

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Cabinet and Trident

The PMOS said that Cabinet had a preliminary discussion on the future of our independent nuclear deterrent and in particular so in the context of how to protect this country in an uncertain world in the next 20 to 50 years. The next step will be for a further Cabinet discussion with the publication of a white paper before Christmas; there will then follow a period of discussion and a debate in the House of Commons at a time agreed through the normal channels early next year; and the vote will be on a Government proposal contained in the white paper.

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Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed

Asked what would be discussed in the meeting between Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed and the Prime Minister, the PMOS said he wasn't sure but presumed it would be a full overview of the situation, not just in the Gulf, but also in the Middle East and the Prime Minister.

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Lebanon

Asked if there had been any further contact since yesterday from the Lebanese Prime Minister, or had the Syrian President been in touch, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) said not been that she was aware of.

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Scotland

Asked if the Prime Minister would be travelling to Scotland today, the PMOS said he would brief on the Prime Minister's travel for the next 24 hours later.

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Northern Ireland

Asked about the Prime Minister's change of travel plans to Scotland tomorrow, and did they have something to do with the Northern Ireland Assembly deadline, the PMS confirmed that the Prime Minister would be travelling up tomorrow, as he was fully engaged with Northern Ireland issues this afternoon.

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Northern Ireland

Asked if the Prime Minister was involved in attempts to get the DUP to deliver its intention to nominate and deliver documents, the PMOS said that the position regarding Northern Ireland was: tomorrow is not the point at which people have to finally decide whether to go into government. Tomorrow is the point where people do have to decide whether they are serious about going forward with the St. Andrew's Agreement or they are not. Therefore tomorrow is a critical day and no one underestimates that. We all recognise that on the Unionist side there are concerns about policing and that those have to be resolved before the 26th March, and on the Republican side there are concerns about power sharing, and those have to be resolved before the 26th March.

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Forthcoming Business

The Leader said that the debate on the Queen's Speech would conclude on Monday, November 27, with Gordon Brown and John Hutton speaking for the Government. On Tuesday, November 28, the House would debate all stages of the Investment Exchanges and Clearing Houses Bill (Ed Balls). For the rest of the week, the Business would be - Wednesday, November 29: second reading of the Fraud (Trials Without A Jury) Bill (Mike O'Brien); Thursday, November 30: A motion to approve a European document relating to The Hague Convention (Joan Ryan), followed by a motion relating to the House of Commons Members' Fund (Jack Straw) and a debate on Rail Performance on a motion for the Adjournment (Tom Harris).

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Trident missile system

Asked to characterise the discussion at Cabinet earlier today, Mr Straw said that it had been a thorough and constructive initial debate. He added that there had been a very substantial consensus. In response to further questions, the Leader said that the process was pretty clear: there would be a White Paper to be followed, in due course, by a debate and vote on a proposition from the Government. He added that the current process was more thorough than had happened before.

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Police Inquiry

No.

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