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Asked if it was ok for PPS s to oppose the Government s policies, the PMS replied that PPS s were not members of the Government and the Government s policy was very clear.

Asked if there was any more information about the bill, the PMS said that the bill was due to be published tomorrow, so there would be more information then. The PMS added that he spoke on behalf of the Government and Government Ministers and we would expect members of the Government to support Government policy. In the case of individual PPS s, people should direct their questions to them.

Asked if it was ok for them to sign an EDM against Government policy, the PMS said that lots of people signed all sorts of EDM s. The Government was very clear about what its policy was on the Royal Mail and that was the policy that we were pushing ahead with.

Asked if he accepted that there was an attempt by members of the Cabinet to prevent the bill going ahead this week, the PMS said that he would not accept that there was any difference of opinion within the Cabinet on the substance of the proposals that we were putting forward and on the overall policy that we were taking forward as first announced at the end of last year.

Asked if he accepted that there was a difference on tactics and that some members of the Cabinet did not think it was a good time, the PMS said he did not want to get into a discussion about tactics; what mattered was what the Government was going to do and we would be setting out our intentions when we published the bill tomorrow.

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