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Put that the Prime Minister had said that he had full confidence in the Speaker, the PMS replied that as he had said this morning, it was the Prime Minister s view that we should all support the Speaker s decision to review the rules so that MP s could continue to do their jobs while ensuring that no one was above the law.

Put that the Speaker spoke of an urgent and immediate inquiry yesterday and why did that need to wait until after the police inquiry, the PMS said that the Speaker asked the Government to prepare the motion and in the course of doing that we took legal advice. That legal advice was that the police investigation should come first.

Asked why the Government had tabled the motion, the PMS replied that the Speaker could not table the motion and he asked the Government to draw up and table the motion on his behalf. Asked why the opposition couldn t have done it, the PMS said that the Speaker had asked the Government to do it and that was what we were doing.

Asked if there were any other leak inquiries going on, the PMS said that that was a question for individual departments. Asked if there was a leak inquiry at Downing Street, the PMS said not that he was aware of.

Asked why the Leader of the House was unable to say she had full confidence in the Speaker, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had addressed that question during his interview on Five Live earlier today. Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in Jill Pay, the PMS replied that as he had said this morning, that was not a question for the Prime Minister; it was for the House of Commons authorities and the Speaker.

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