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Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Sir Nigel Sheinwald that the release of Megrahi was a mistake, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that in the past the Prime Minister had said that he believed the decision taken to release Megrahi was wrong.

Asked if the Prime Minister respected the process, the PMS said that obviously the Prime Minister respected the process. It was a decision for the Scottish government; it had already happened and the Prime Minister said at the time that he thought it was wrong.

Asked if the subject would come up when the Prime Minister spoke to President Obama, the PMS said that there would be a broad range of issues discussed; he couldn’t say for certain this would be one of them.

Asked if they would discuss BP, the PMS said that BP was expected to come up.

Asked if the coalition government had made any inquiries into the circumstances relating to Megrahi’s release, the PMS said no; the previous government set out the position on this; it was a decision taken by the Scottish government. The Ambassador, Sir Nigel Sheinwald had sent a letter, which set out the position.

Put that the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations had said that it would invite UK government officials to attend hearings and asked if those officials would attend if summoned, the PMS said that the Ambassador had written a letter setting out the position. It had just been announced that hearings would take place and we would wait and see what the plans were.

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