» Thursday, February 10, 2005

Royal Wedding

Asked if he could clarify any of the constitutional details of the Prince of Wales recent announcement of his intention to marry Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that as he understood it there were no plans for legislation at this stage. Put him that she might automatically become Queen without legislation, the PMOS said that at this stage, the Palace did not see a reason for any legislation to be made.

Briefing took place at 15:45 | Read whole briefing | Comments (8)

Northern Ireland

Asked about the Independent Monitoring Commission's report and whether the un-named senior member of the IRA should be named, the PMOS said that this was a serious report. While it didn't say anything which the Governments had not already said it should be taken with due seriousness by all involved. We could get into the Pantomime show of the UK, Dublin, the 2 Chief Constables and now the IMC all saying that the IRA did carry out the robbery and the IRA and Sinn Fein saying it didn't, or we could approach this with the attitude of public opinion North and South of the border which was that the Northern Bank robbery had had serious implications for the Peace Process. It did mean that people had to think very seriously about those implications on both sides. People should approach this in that spirit. Above all this was a report coming from the Independent Monitoring Commission who's raison deter was to give an objective analysis of what had happened, and that they had done.

Briefing took place at 15:45 | Read whole briefing | Comments (3)

Prince of Wales Marriage

Asked what the Prime Minister's response to the Prince of Wales's announcement about his forthcoming marriage, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said he was delighted by the news and would be passing on the best wishes of the Cabinet.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (9)

North Korea/nuclear weapons

Asked about North Korea's claims about having nuclear weapons, and their decision to pull out of the Six Nation Talks, the PMOS said he would need to find out more information before answering.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (4)

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