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Asked whether the PM was watching the Leveson Inquiry, the PMS said that the PM had a full diary.

Asked whether the PM had any copies of the texts sent to Rebekah Brooks, the PMS said that the PM would provide any evidence the Leveson Inquiry asked for.

Asked whether the PM was relaxed about Charlie Brooks offering his text messages to the Leveson Inquiry, the PMS said he had nothing further to add on the Leveson Inquiry. We would not be providing a running commentary.

Asked about the PM’s attitude to the phone hacking allegations, the PMS said that the PM had set up a public inquiry to look into the issue because he thought phone hacking was unacceptable.

Asked whether there was any explanation for Andy Coulson attending meetings of the NSC without appropriate security clearance, the PMS said that Andy Coulson had the appropriate security clearance.

Asked whether vetting process looked at details of shareholdings, the PMS said that this was a slightly separate issue dealt with by the civil service management code. People were asked to declare their interests on appointment.

Asked about sanctions for those who broke the rules, the PMS said that it would depend on the circumstances of the specific case.

Asked whether the PM was doing anything to investigate why the code was not followed, the PMS said that the code was there to help guide departments and ensure civil servants behaved correctly. Issues concerning the security of information and vetting were the responsibility of the Permanent Secretary of the department in question. People were required to declare their interests.

Asked whether the code was based on trust, the PMS said that it required people to declare their interests.

Asked whether the PM had a personal phone and a work phone, the PMS said that he was not going to discuss issues relating to the Leveson Inquiry. If the PM was asked for material by the Leveson Inquiry, he would provide it.

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