» Monday, June 11, 2007


Asked when the Prime Minister would reply to Alex Salmond on prisoner transfers, the PMOS replied that the Government would reply at the appropriate time.

Put to him that it would not necessarily be a Prime Ministerial reply, the PMOS replied that the Government would reply at the appropriate time.

Asked what we would be doing to improve relations between the Government here and the Government in Scotland, the PMOS replied by asking for an example. The journalist asked again about prisoner transfers and the PMOS gently pointed out that it was not us who had raised the issue. We kept very strictly to the legal duty in Scotland, not to go into particular cases when they were subject to a legal review. We also had on the face of the Memorandum of Understanding, that we would consult with the devolved administrations on this issue before reaching any agreement with Libya. That remained true. We had followed due process in Scotland, and also recognised the need to consult the devolved administrations in plural before reaching any agreement.

Asked if the Prime Minister had any reply to Margo McDonald’s suggestion that he should be tried for war crimes, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister and the Government had always acting according to international law.

Asked if the Prime Minister had any intention of contacting Alex Salmond before he hung up his boots on the 27th, the PMOS replied that there was still quite a long time to go.

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  1. Tony Blair has no business resigning without answering the West Lothian Question.
    How is it that a political party can foist a new form of government on the English without asking for permission? If politicians do not wish to enter into a debate, the bbc should be instructed to conduct and televise the debate with participants of the English Constitutional Convention.

    Comment by k young — 12 Jun 2007 on 11:14 am | Link
  2. As if anyone in this government would admit that they had created a banana republic during the last 10 years of Neu Labour’s reign?

    Can’t wait for Gordon to take over and watch the fireworks between him and Alex Salmond.

    Comment by Della Petch — 12 Jun 2007 on 2:10 pm | Link

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