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Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that it had taken the Home Office almost a year to meet with the South African Visa Commission since Sir Stephen Lander first raised problems with would-be terrorists exploiting the visa regime, the PMS replied that he would have to check on exactly what the Prime Minister’s opinion was on that before responding.

Asked if there had been any contacts over the weekend between No10 and the Elyse , the PMS replied that we were in very close contact with our colleagues in France, as people would expect. The key question on this issue was, as we were saying on Friday, whether or not to support a fiscal stimulus. Quite how it is done was quite a different and second order question. The important point was that the French Government had taken a decision to inject money into the economy in the same way that we did. Obviously there was going to be a debate in France, just as there was a debate in Britain, often quite a heated, controversial and sensitive debate, about exactly how to do that, and that was what we were seeing in France just as we had seen in other countries as well.

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao when he said that British authorities should forgive the student who threw a shoe at him, the PMS replied that he would have to get back to people on that point.

Asked if the Prime Minister had any meetings associated with Royal Mail this week, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had a wide range of meetings as people would expect, but we would not normally comment on the exact details of the diary. /p>

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