» Thursday, March 29, 2007


Asked if the Prime Minister was expecting to visit Manchester in more triumphant circumstances, the PMOS replied that he would take it the journalist was referring to casinos, and that the Government had won the vote in the Commons last night. Ministers would want to reflect on where we were, but as Tessa Jowell told Cabinet this morning, this policy was very much alive.

Asked to confirm that the policy would be put back now until after the May elections, the PMOS replied that there were issues surrounding purdah, but nobody should be in any doubt about the intention.

Asked if the Prime Minister was still confident that Tessa Jowell was the right Minister to do this, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister was.

Put that it could not be brought back in the same order, the PMOS replied that this was why Ministers would reflect on the vote and then decide how to proceed.

Asked to clarify that the whole package was still alive, including locations, the PMOS replied that the policy was very much alive, and nothing had changed. The Commons vote was in favour, and that was important.

Asked if everything was still on the table, the PMOS replied that he would not be getting into the detail, and it was better that DCMS reflect on the vote and then decide how to move further forward. Tessa Jowell had strongly underlined that the policy was still very much alive.

Asked if anybody expressed a view at Cabinet, the PMOS replied that he would not be getting into the detail of Cabinet discussions. Asked if it was a big discussion, the PMOS replied that it was not.

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