» Monday, August 4, 2008


Asked if there was a reaction to the Iranian stonewalling at the weekend, the PMS said that if there was it would come from the Foreign Office.

Asked about the guidance published today by the Department of Health on weighing and measuring children, the PMS said that from September, parents of children who had been weighed and measured at school could automatically receive their child’s results. This was an important and positive change to the National Child Measurement Programme, which would help to ensure that all parents of children who were weighed and measured as part of the programme received their child’s results and additional information about steps they could take to achieve a healthy weight for their family.

Asked if Alistair Darling was in charge this week, the PMS repeated what was said last week, that the Prime Minister remained in charge while he was on holiday; he continued to remain closely involved on key issues, for example he had spoken to a number of people including Kevin Rudd and Pascal Lamy about the World Trade Talks. This week, as last week, senior Ministers were available in London to help administer the work of Government, and this week Alistair Darling was co-ordinating Government activity, as Harriet Harman had done last week.

Asked if the Prime Minister was relaxed about the number of Cabinet Ministers, including Alan Johnson, who had not supported his leadership, the PMS said that he was not going to get into speculation about leadership.

Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in David Miliband, the PMS said yes.

Asked for an impression of how much of the Prime Minister’s time was spent on the business of Government whilst on holiday, the PMS said that he was not going to get into the details of that.

Asked if the Prime Minister was planning to scrap the post of Scottish Secretary, the PMS said that he was not going to comment on that sort of speculation.

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