» Tuesday, May 6, 2008


The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by telling the assembled press that the official Cabinet had met for about an hour this morning. There was a further discussion on the draft legislative programme and there was also a report from Jacqui Smith on the position relating to Cannabis. This was followed by a Political Cabinet.

Asked if the Cabinet gave its support to the Prime Minister, the PMS said that it had. There was a political Cabinet that took place afterwards that the PMS was not present at. Asked how long the political Cabinet lasted for, the PMS said it had started at 0930 and he thought it was just breaking up at 1100.

Asked when the draft legislative programme would be published, the PMS said it would not be happening this week.

Asked for a flavour of the Cabinet meeting, the PMS replied that the official part of the Cabinet meeting was very businesslike, focussing on the two agenda items of the draft legislative programme and the Cannabis announcement. The political discussion that he was not present at was no doubt more wide-ranging.

Asked whether the legislative programme would focus on the economy, the PMS replied that it was important to make a distinction between the issues that the Government specifically needed to legislate for and the Government’s wider policy agenda. Insofar as any Queens Speech captures themes and priorities for the Government, this would be an indication of the next step forward, but it was not only legislation, it was how the Government took forward its business.

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