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The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that Cabinet had lasted for just under an hour. They had mostly discussed the impact of increases in global food prices, with the discussion being led by Hilary Benn. As part of that discussion, Ruth Kelly outlined the main conclusions of the Gallagher Review on bio-fuels and the proposed Government response. There was an update from David Miliband on the situation in Zimbabwe and a brief update from the Defence Secretary on the situation in Kosovo, where the UK’s deployment as a reserve force ended today.

Asked if the Prime Minister stood by the bio-fuels targets, the PMS advised people to wait for the Gallagher Review and the Government response.

Asked whether vehicle excise duty had been discussed in Cabinet, the PMS said that there had been a brief discussion of various tax matters in the context of the usual update from Geoff Hoon on parliamentary business. Asked how many Ministers took part in the discussion, the PMS replied that it was very brief and he would hardly characterise it as a discussion, but more of an update of the situation.

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