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In response to questions about the current status of fuel supplies at forecourts, and suggestions that it would take some time to get back to normal, the PMS said there had been some increase in demand but companies were making good progress and working to restock supplies.

Asked how long it would take and whether petrol stations would run out, the PMS said that it was an ongoing process, and that demand was abating now that UNITE had said there would not be a strike over the Easter holidays.

Asked what the Government’s current advice to motorists was and whether it would change, the PMS referred the journalists to the advice on the DECC website. In response to questions about whether the website was the right vehicle to provide advice to the public, the PMS stated that it was not unusual to refer people to a Government website for updated advice.

Asked whether the Prime Minister had any plans to visit the woman who was burnt in Yorkshire, or whether there had been any other Government contact with her, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had no plan to visit, and that he was not aware of any contact.

Asked if Francis Maude was the lead Minister, the PMS said that DECC was the lead department, with a number of other departments supporting, and that Francis Maude was the minister in charge of fuel contingency plans. Asked whether the Prime Minister had full confidence in Francis Maude, he said that he did.

Asked if there would be any other meetings that would be chaired by Francis Maude, the PMS said there were ongoing meetings but it was not our policy to provide a running commentary on the timetabling or composition of meetings.

When asked if DECC would be doing anything to help motorists locate fuel, the PMS reiterated that advice could be found on DECC website, that fuel companies were making progress in restocking supplies, and the Government was focusing its efforts on robust contingency plans.

In response to questions about the training of tanker drivers, the PMS informed the journalists that training was underway but that he would not be providing a running commentary. When asked if it was true that the numbers being trained would only meet 10 per-cent of the shortfall, the PMS stated that if the strike did go ahead there would be disruption, however it was hoped that a strike would be prevented.

When asked if Prime Minister said a little bit of panic is a good thing’ last week, the PMS said he was not aware of him having said this.

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned by claims from Lord Tebbit and other Conservative MPs that No10 was not operating effectively, the PMS said that we were tackling the largest peacetime deficit and that involved taking some difficult decisions, but we were getting on with the job.

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