» Tuesday, July 22, 2008


The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by telling the assembled press that Cabinet had lasted for roughly an hour. The Cabinet mostly discussed the business of the Government over the summer, with Secretary’s of State from the main departments setting out their plans. They also had a discussion led by the Prime Minister on Iraq, ahead of his statement to the Commons later today.

Asked for more details on Government business, the PMS said he would not be giving out any specific details as that would pre-empt what would be coming up over the summer. The Secretaries of State from the main departments outlined what their plans would be over the August period.

Asked whether the subject of SAT’s marking came up at Cabinet, the PMS said that it came up in the context of the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families outlining the issues for his department over the next few weeks. Ed Balls and his department had been making the Government position clear and it was the case now that 98% of the Key Stage 2 results and 88% of the Key Stage 3 results were now with schools.

Asked whether the Prime Minister had given an idea as to what he’d like the Government to be doing over the summer, the PMS said that we needed to continue to deliver on behalf of the British people throughout the year. Asked if he was urging departments to propose things, the PMS replied that it had been departmental Secretaries of State themselves coming forward with their proposals for what they would be doing over the summer months.

Asked if there were any presentations in Cabinet from non-Cabinet members, the PMS said that there was a brief update from Tessa Jowell on where we were on the Olympics. She attended Cabinet but was not a Cabinet Minister. Asked what Tessa Jowell said, the PMS replied that this was really just a stock-take ahead of the Beijing Games and the fact that London would be taking over at the end of August.

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