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Fuel Strike

Asked if the Government would be taking any role in the strike by fuel tanker drivers, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Government was monitoring the situation carefully. The lead department was the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and John Hutton was the lead Minister. We remained in close contact with the energy companies, as people would expect.

Asked when the Government would move from monitoring to taking action, the PMS said we had been taking action during the course of the week in relation to the various contingency planning that’s been undertaken. Our response would remain proportionate to the situation.

Asked when the next COBRA meeting would be held, the PMS replied that officials both in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, the Cabinet office and BERR were in almost continuous discussion. John Hutton was the lead Minister on this and he was overseeing the cross-Government approach to the situation.

Asked if petrol started to run dry over the weekend would the Government send in drivers of its own, the PMS reiterated that the Government’s overall position on this as set out by the Prime Minister this morning was that we wanted to make sure that disruption to the driving public was minimised. This strike could not be justified and we strongly urged both parties to return to the negotiation table. In relation to the contingencies, our response would be proportionate to the situation.

Asked if officials from the Ministry of Defence had been meeting with John Hutton, the PMS said he was not sure exactly which officials were involved but it would be a wide range of relevant people across Whitehall. The PMS emphasised that our response would be proportionate to the situation.

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