Asked if the Government had any plans to bring the majority of British troops home from Iraq in the next nine months, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) replied that as the Prime Minister had set out clearly when he was in Iraq, decisions on troop withdrawals depend on conditions on the ground, particularly relating [...]
Asked for a reaction to President Musharraf stepping down this morning, the PMS replied that there would be a fuller reaction from the Foreign Office later, but he could say that during President Musharraf s time in office we had seen a deepening of UK/Pakistan relations, and we wished him well in the future. [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with David Cameron s ideas on visa restrictions for Russian nationals and speeding up Georgia s admission to NATO, the PMS replied that on visas we already had restrictions on visas for Russian officials including in the security apparatus, dating from the post-Litvinenko era. On a wider application [...]
Law and Order
Asked on law and order if it was the case that the police were now demonising the middle classes because of government targets as they were easier to catch, the PMS replied that this was a question best directed to the Home Office. original source.
Asked if the Government was considering plans to force employers to leave women s jobs open for up to a year whilst they were on maternity leave, the PMS replied that it was best to check with DWP on this. original source.
Asked if Ivan Lewis would be switched to the Treasury in an autumn reshuffle, the PMS replied that as people knew he would not comment on reshuffles. Asked if Ivan Lewis still had the full support of the Prime Minister in his role as Health Minister, the PMS replied that Ivan Lewis was doing an excellent [...]
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