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Asked if the Leader of the House of Commons would deputise for the Prime Minister at PMQs on Wednesday, the PMS said yes.

Asked if the Prime Minister would be having bi-lateral talks with the President of Argentina, the PMS said the Prime Minister would be expected to have a meeting with the President of Argentina later this week. He added that the Daily Express had made a good effort to stir things up regarding the Falkland Islands and it would not come as a surprise to anybody that our well-known position on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands was unchanged.

Put that the Nationwide Building Society had submitted a written memo to the Lords committee investigating banking supervision stating that policy makers should share responsibility for the current economic situation, the PMS said that this was the first he had heard of the memo and he would have to see it in full before he commented on it. The Prime Minister had set out his views on this subject on numerous occasions recently and Lord Turner had published a comprehensive report, which provided a detailed diagnosis and analysis of what happened in the financial sector, and constructive proposals for reform.

Asked how the Prime Minister felt about the behaviour of Nigel Griffiths in the House of Commons, the PMS said that Nigel Griffiths was not a member of Government so it was not for him to comment.

Asked why it was necessary to update the country s counter-terrorist strategy, the PMS said that this was something we had been looking at over the last year. The threat we faced constantly changed; terrorists were constantly updating their strategy so it was right that we continued to update ours so we could best counter the threat that they posed.

Asked if the Prime Minister had asked the Treasury to put off a Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), the PMS said that he did not accept the premise of the question because we had not yet set a date for the CSR.

Asked if the Government was still committed to raising the inheritance tax threshold to 700,000 next year, the PMS said that the Government s policy on this was unchanged.

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