» Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Constitutional Reform

The Prime Minister's Spokesman began by highlighting to Lobby the key points in the document:

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)


The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) informed the assembled press that Cabinet met at 0900 this morning for about an hour and three quarters. This was the first regular meeting of Cabinet on a Tuesday, which was now the normal day on which Cabinet would meet. The PMS told people that the Cabinet had met on a Thursday since 1963, and between 1955 and 1963, it met on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In the years between 1945 and 1955, Cabinet met on Mondays and Thursdays, and prior to World War II, it usually met on Wednesdays. There was nothing especially sacrosanct about Thursdays, as it had met on different days over the years, and as the PMS had explained yesterday, the reason for moving to Tuesday was to ensure that those people who had Parliamentary business did not have to leave Cabinet earlier if Cabinet went on for some length of time.

Briefing took place at 9:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)


Asked what tomorrow's health statement would cover, the PMS said that it would be a wide-ranging statement, and it was therefore better to wait for the statement.

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Terror Incidents

Put that there had been no mention over the past few days of "Muslims" or "Islamic" and was this a deliberate change of tone, the PMS said that it was not true to think that instructions had been sent round the Cabinet to this effect, contrary to reports which had over-interpreted what the PMS had said yesterday. Rather, he would let the Prime Minister's words from Sunday speak for themselves.

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