Put to him that the "ex-Prime Minister" referred in PMQs to a troop reduction in Iraq happening in the next few weeks, and asked if there was any more information on that, the PMS replied that there was nothing more that he could add, but this was not a particularly new announcement. Tony Blair was referring to the plan of a gradual draw down that was already underway.
Put to him that the new Prime Minister said in an interview with the Daily Mirror this morning, that he expected troop levels to be at 5,000 in the next few days, and that the MoD had said that there were currently 5,500, and asked whether it followed that there would be an announcement within the next few days, possibly involving the hand back of Basra Palace, the PMS replied that there would need to be a decision by the end of the summer over Basra Palace, but he had nothing to add today.
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