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Asked for details on the Prime Minister’s meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) members, the PMS said that the meeting was part of the IOC Coordination Commission’s visit to London; it would be a cross-party meeting to demonstrate the cross-party support for the Olympics. The meeting would include the key members of the IOC, the Mayor of London, David Cameron, Don Foster (who will be attending instead of Nick Clegg) and Tessa Jowell. There will also be a reception for around 150 people, including the full IOC Coordination Commission, sports people, London 2012 organisers and Government representatives.

Asked why the Prime Minister was not meeting the Dalai Lama at Downing Street, the PMS replied that, as had been said on numerous occasions, the Prime Minister was meeting the Dalai Lama in his capacity as a spiritual leader. As far as we were concerned the important issue was the substance of the meeting and the fact that the meeting was taking place at all; on the two previous occasions when the Dalai Lama visited the UK he did not meet the then Prime Minister at all.

Put that Yvette Cooper and Caroline Flint were meeting with mortgage lenders today and asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that rates had not come down despite moves to improve liquidity, the PMS said that it was correct that a meeting was going ahead and that it was best to speak to the Treasury and DCLG on the specifics. The PMS went on to say that mortgage lenders had welcomed the injection of liquidity at the time and that the latest data suggested that there had been some easing of conditions since that intervention, but you also had to compare that against the counterfactual.

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