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Butler Inquiry

Asked if there was a timetable for when the Butler Inquiry Committee would be sitting, the PMOS pointed out that, as a result of the nature of the Inquiry, a large amount of evidence would inevitably be heard in private. Asked if the Committee would be meeting every week, the PMOS said that it was a matter for the Committee to decide. They had a fairly wide remit and had been requested to deliver their report by the summer recess. How they managed their work was entirely a matter for them. Asked if Downing Street would inform journalists that the Prime Minister had been called to give evidence if he was asked to do so, the PMOS said that a decision would have to be made in discussion with the Committee. Clearly, if it was confirmed that person x was attending, there was an issue about whether you should mention everyone else. That said, we had made it clear from the outset that the Government would co-operate with the Inquiry in full. He reminded journalists that the Prime Minister had obviously given evidence to the ISC on intelligence issues in the past.

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