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Phone Hacking

Asked for the Prime Minister’s view on the latest developments in the News of the World phone hacking story, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that he had not discussed it with the Prime Minister.

Asked if the Prime Minister would be meeting with Rupert Murdoch tomorrow, the PMS said he would not be. Asked if the Prime Minister would speak to Mr Murdoch tomorrow, the PMS said no.

On whether the police had spoken to Downing Street regarding Andy Coulson, the PMS advised people to speak to his political colleagues about Andy Coulson.

Asked if Andy Coulson was still employed by the Government, the PMS replied that he had resigned and would be leaving in a few weeks. The PMS said that this was quite a normal process.

Put that Mr Coulson was still an employee of the Government and therefore people should be able to ask questions about him, the PMS replied that if people were to ask him about any employees of the Government he would not generally comment on them.

Asked if Cabinet Ministers would be receiving any advice from Government lawyers on whether their phones had been hacked into recently, the PMS said none that he was aware of.

On why Andy Coulson was staying in his post for a few weeks, the PMS replied that it was not unusual for someone to stay on for a period of time after they had resigned.

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