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National Economic Council

The PMS said that the National Economic Council (NEC) would probably next meet on Wednesday, rather than Thursday, which had been announced at this mornings press briefing.

Asked what the Prime Minister would say to those critics who might suggest that the NEC was just a talking shop that wouldn t achieve very much, the PMS replied that the purpose of the NEC was to ensure that all of the relevant parts of Government were fully focused on dealing with the current economic situation. That was why it included the Secretary of State for the new Department of Energy and Climate Change, which was concerned with how the Government dealt with our oil prices and reducing our dependency on oil. It also included some senior figures who had been brought into the Government, who brought particular expertise, for example, Paul Myners, who had been brought in as the City Minister.

Asked about this mornings NEC, the PMS said that it had been the first meeting of the NEC and had been a chance for the Chancellor to update the council on developments over the weekend and outline the contents of his statement this afternoon.

Asked how long the meeting had lasted, the PMS said it had lasted approximately an hour.

Asked if any other topics had been discussed, the PMS said that we were publicising the NEC meeting today as it was the first one, but we would not necessarily make a habit of briefing out of every one that took place.

Asked if the NEC was being publicised to give people reassurance, the PMS said no; it was announced as new National Economic Council and it was obvious that there would be a lot of interest in the first meeting.

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