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Asked if the Prime Minister had any comment on statements coming out from American congressmen saying that BP should not do any business with Libya until their role in lobbying the previous government with regard to prisoners was clarified, the PMS said that the last government made the position on this clear; it worked with British business to promote legitimate commercial interests with Libya and there was no link between those legitimate commercial activities and the Scottish Executive’s decision to release Megrahi.

Asked if it was appropriate for the issue of relations between the UK and Libya to be brought into the matter of the gulf oil spill, the PMS said that the Prime Minister at the time had said that he believed the decision to release Megrahi was wrong, and that he understood the concerns that had been raised by other people.

Asked if the Prime Minister would bring up the subject of BP when he visited America, the PMS said that the Prime Minister and President Obama had already been in contact about BP; they agreed that it would not be in anyone’s interest to undermine the value of BP.

Put that BP had made a statement to say that it did lobby the British government over the release of prisoners and asked if that was a legitimate activity, the PMS said that what BP said to the government was a matter for BP.

Asked if the government was responsive to that sort of lobbying, the PMS said that the government would take decisions on an appropriate basis; it could not be responsible for what others said to it.

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