» Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Counter Terrorism

Asked if the Border Force would involve any new money and any increase in staffing, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) replied that there were four points to characterise what we were trying to achieve here:

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Paul Myners

Asked about Paul Myners appointment, the PMS replied that Paul Myners was a very distinguished figure in the City with a lot of experience in the City and other sectors. As to the specific proposal in Chris Grayling's letter, we would have to consider that and respond. But nobody was in any doubt about the integrity or the experience and expertise of somebody like Paul Myners.

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Counter Terrorism

Put that when David Davis had said that Lord West was wrong about the 28 day review, who was correct, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) said that the Home Office had checked with the police this morning, and the figures we had from the police showed that 6 people had been held for the maximum 27/28 day period. Of those, 3 had been charged and 3 were released without charge.

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Parliament Business

Put that there were 39 Written Statements on the Order paper today, and could people assume that that was the bulk of them, or would there be more tomorrow, the PMS replied that he did not know how many Written statements were due tomorrow, but it was not unusual for there to be a lot of departmental business at this stage in the Parliamentary calendar.

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» Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Asked if anything in particular on floods came out of Cabinet, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) replied that the main issue in relation to floods in the last 24 hours or so was the Walham power station, where there was quite significant concern about whether or not it could be defended during the course of yesterday. There was a number of ministerial meetings of COBRA yesterday, going on very late into the night, a Prime Ministerial meeting this morning, and an update on the situation to Cabinet. The main issue was not only what we can do to defend the situation at Walham, but also what were the contingency arrangements that needed to be put in place should the Walham station be flooded and electricity be lost in the Gloucester area.

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PM Statement

Asked for more information on the Prime Minister's statement tomorrow, the PMS replied that journalists would have to wait for the statement.

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Migrant Workers

Asked for reaction to the DWP statistics on migrant workers, the PMS replied that firstly, none of these people were claiming benefits. We were talking about people who were coming here to work legally and made a contribution to the economy. This was all in the context of a situation where the total number of people claiming unemployment benefit had fallen by 90,000 over the last year, and the employment rate at almost 75% was one of the highest on record.

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The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) told the press that Cabinet met for about an hour and a half today. There was an update from Hilary Benn on the flood situation. There was a discussion led by Alastair Darling on the economy and the spending review. The Home Secretary led a discussion on security matters ahead of the Prime Minister's statement on security issues tomorrow. The PMS said that there was also a second meeting of the National Security Committee late yesterday afternoon in preparation for the Prime Minister's statement tomorrow.

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Licensing Laws

Asked if the Prime Minister believed that the PAC report published today regarding some town centres being "no-go areas" was further evidence that licensing laws needed to be reformed, the PMS replied that as we had said yesterday, there was a review taking place, and it would need to look at all of the evidence, not one single piece.

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» Monday, July 23, 2007


Asked further about the flooding review and how did the Prime Minister see links with climate change, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) explained to journalists that Hilary Benn announced on the 12th July in a Written Statement that there would be a review of the lessons we learnt and how to manage and respond to the type of disaster we had seen in recent weeks. The review would look at flood risk management, the emergency response, and the initial moves towards recovery. The PMS said there was a long list of terms of issues covered in the terms of reference. However, although the terms of reference were quite wide ranging, this was not a review of climate change policy. One of the things it would look at was to understand why the flooding was so extensive this time.

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