» Thursday, June 22, 2006

Prime Minister’s Speech-Criminal Justice System-Migration

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) briefed the assembled press that tomorrow, the Prime Minister would reflect on his time as a barrister, an MP and Shadow Home Sec as well as Prime Minister, and his emerging interest in the changing nature of law & order. The PMOS told people that this speech would be based on the Prime Minister's own personal experience through the years from Opposition days, the views of experts, and the Prime Minister had commissioned a number of papers which were discussed at the seminar on June 7th on this issue. Some of those papers, even the ones that we did not necessarily agree with, had been published on the Downing Street website.
In the speech, the Prime Minister would recall that asked what job he wanted by the then Leader of the Opposition John Smith, the Prime Minister said:

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PM’s Bristol Visit and Criminal Justice Speech

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) explained that the main focus of the visit to Bristol would be law and order. Tomorrow he would deliver the first of a series of lectures on domestic policy, in the same way that he had recently done on foreign policy. This series came under the banner or headline of "Our Nations Future".

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Asked if a vote on Trident be a simply yes or no, or would it be more detailed, the PMOS replied that what the Prime Minister had said yesterday echoed what he had said before, which was that there would be a proper discussion.

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British Nuclear Deterrent

Asked whether the Prime Minister agreed with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the need to retain our independent nuclear deterrent for the long term, the PMOS said that if people looked back at the government's manifesto they would see that it said we were committed to retain the independent nuclear deterrent. The Prime Minister had also spoken about this issue with Jeremy Paxman during the General Election campaign. In that interview he had said that we had to retain our nuclear deterrent and that we had had an independent nuclear deterrent for a long time. He went on to say that in principle he believed that it was important to retain our own independent deterrent, that he believed it was the right thing for the country and an important part of our defence.

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Defence Debate

Asked why the Defence Secretary was not available to lead the annual defence debate in the Commons, the PMOS said that the Defence Secretary was in Iraq. He was liaising with the new Iraqi government about Basra and elsewhere. This was important work.

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David Walton

Asked if there were any words on the death of David Walton, the member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister was obviously saddened by the news.

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