» Friday, June 30, 2006


The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that the number of patients waiting for an operation had fallen by 4000 between April and May. The year on year figure was down 42,000 and the drop since 1997 was 373,000.

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Guantanamo Bay

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that the US administration was pushing ahead with military trials for inmates at Guantanamo Bay given that they were against the Geneva Convention, the PMOS said that it wasn't any more appropriate for us to comment on the outcome of court cases in the US than it would be for the US to comment on outcome of court cases here. We had made our position on Guantanamo Bay clear and the US was well aware of that position. It was a matter for the US Government as to how it responded to its own Supreme Court, not us.

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By-Election Results

Asked if the failure to win the Blaenau Gwent by-election was an indication that the Government was running out of steam, the PMOS said that he was surprised that he was being asked to comment on what was clearly a party matter. What he would say was that if you looked at the agenda that the Prime Minister was currently dealing, such as tackling the issues of welfare reform, the future of pensions, the future of our energy policy, these were all fundamental questions. These were all being driven forward by the Prime Minister as well as reforms in education and health of a very fundamental nature, so that didn't fit with the description of a Government or a Prime Minister running out of steam.

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