Asked if there was any reaction to Airbus, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the Prime Minister said it all at PMQs in terms of we obviously regret any job losses at all but in terms of securing the future contribution of skill workers in this country to Airbus that is there and the DTI have worked very hard with the company to make sure that it the case.
Asked if there was any reaction to the new figures from DfES saying that 13 people who shouldn't be allowed to teach were allowed to teach given that they should have been on list 99, the PMOS said that the important thing was that the rules are applied and they're applied properly and that there was an accountable system making sure that that is happening.
Asked if there were any news, the PMOS said no. Asked if there had been any indication that the police would tell No10 when they have completed their inquiries, the PMOS said it was entirely a matter for the police and the CPS to process what happens.
Asked if the Prime Minister was expecting defeat on the Probation Bill this evening, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that today was the day to put the arguments to the backbenchers. The important thing was to recognise that given the re-offending rate, while the probation service did a lot of good work, the status quo would not resolve this issue. The lesson was that no single sector could tackle this problem alone. Probation officers needed to be supplemented by other sectors - voluntary, private, charitable - to ensure that the situation could be turned around. The public sector could not do all that needed to be done in this area.
Asked if the Prime Minister would be discussing new American thinking on Iraq with King Abdullah later today, specifically opening talks with Syria and Iran, the PMOS replied that firstly the Americans had always said that they would take part in the Contact Group, this was not new. Secondly, in terms of Iran and Syria, the issue was not contact, the issue was their response, and whether they engaged properly, and whether we would see a constructive attitude. Meeting was good, but results had to flow from these meetings. We welcomed contact, but equally we wanted to see hard concrete results - both on the ground in Iraq, on the ground in Lebanon, and on the ground in terms of influence used in Palestine as well. Those were the results that we were looking for.
Air Passenger Duty
Put to him that Ryanair, British Airways and Easyjet had all said that air passenger duty was merely a "tax grab" and not an environmental matter, and asked if the Prime Minister had a view ion this, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister's view was that the Treasury had set out the reasons, and it was better that the Treasury were the ones to talk about it.
Asked in advance for a line on the Airbus restructuring announcement, the PMOS replied that it was important ahead of the announcement to bear in mind that this was an issue with which DTI had been very heavily engaged in terms of talking to the company to ensure that UK interests were well aired. We hoped people would see that Airbus and Airbus workers would still have a very good and sustainable future in this country.
Future Shape of Government
Asked if the Prime Minister welcomed the fact that former Ministers were discussing the future shape of Government today, the PMOS replied that it was a very good attempt to draw him into party business.
Asked if the Prime Minister still believed that the decision of the panel should stand, the PMOS replied that Tessa Jowell had set out the Department's thinking on the day of the announcement. She said that she wanted to look at the recommendation, but she was minded to accept it. We were still at the process of examining the recommendation.
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