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PM’s Plane

Asked if Downing Street recognised the pictures published in today’s media showing a "luxurious looking" DC8 and the figure of £170,000 as the cost to hire it, the PMOS said that hire costs were a commercial matter and it was therefore inappropriate for him to get drawn into a debate about it. Suffice to say that we received a competitive rate for a plane that did the job (mostly). Asked why the Prime Minister and his party had not used the Queen’s Flight, the PMOS said that, as he understood it, the length of the journey to South Africa had been an important factor which it had been necessary to take into account when making the arrangements for the visit. Asked if the incident had increased the need for a "Blair Force One" aircraft, the PMOS said that, as journalists were aware, a review of the whole issue was ongoing.

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