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Asked what was discussed at Cabinet and if the subject of the economy came up, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that economy came up in passing but that the main items which had been discussed were the situation in Zimbabwe and the situation in Iraq (ahead of the Des Browne’s Statement this afternoon). There was also a more general discussion about the new PSA targets, which were coming into effect today, and a discussion on the Government’s objectives for the coming financial year.

Asked what was said about Iraq, the PMS replied that the discussion reflected what Des Browne was saying in his Statement today; it was primarily an update from the Defence Secretary on the situation on the ground in Iraq, the events in Basra over the past few days and the implications on British troop numbers.

Asked about the discussion on the Government’s objectives for the coming financial year and if there had been a presentation on a paper by Stephen Carter, the PMS replied that he would not get into details of what was said but added that the Prime Minister had led quite a wide-ranging discussion.

Asked if people had split up into groups, the PMS said no, they did not split up into groups.

Asked for the reaction at Cabinet regarding the announcement on troops, the PMS replied that it had not come as a great surprise to anybody given the uncertainty of the situation in southern Iraq at the moment.

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