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Butler Report

Asked about the process relating to the publication of the Butler Report, the PMOS said that we were still finalising the details. We would make an announcement as and when we were ready to do so. Asked if the Prime Minister would make a Statement in the House, the PMOS said that as the Leader of the House had told MPs last week, the Prime Minister planned to make a Statement on the day of publication, subject to the Speaker’s agreement. Asked if the Government had every intention of publishing the Report rather than sitting on it, the PMOS said that he did not recognise the latter suggestion. Questioned as to whether the Report had been sent to the printers, the PMOS said that that was a matter for the Inquiry team, not Downing Street. Asked when Downing Street was expecting to receive a copy of the Report, the PMOS said that he had no intention of getting drawn into a discussion about handling arrangements. These were questions for the Inquiry team. Asked if the Report was being printed by Government printers in the light of the leak of the Hutton Report, the PMOS said he would have thought that all possible safeguards had been taken.

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  1. "the PMOS said he would have thought that all possible safeguards had been taken" = "we will leak what we want, when we want, to whom we want".

    Comment by PapaLazzzaru — 8 Jul 2004 on 6:27 pm | Link

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