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Saville Inquiry

Asked when the Prime Minister would be getting the report and whether he would be visiting any of the families involved, the PMS said he was not aware of any current plans to meet anyone; most of this was being dealt with by the Northern Ireland Office. As to when the Government received the report, it would receive it 24 hours in advance.

Put that the Saville Inquiry was 12 years in the making and was 10 volumes long and therefore was 24 hours sufficient for the Secretary of State to make a statement on it, the PMS said that the procedures for the release of the inquiry had been agreed for some time. The exact arrangements were based on plans of the previous Government and agreed with the Speaker. The PMS was unaware of anything this Government had done to change those arrangements.

Asked if the Prime Minister would give a credible response to the report, the PMS said that he would.

On whether the Prime Minister would reflect any apportioned blame in his statement tomorrow, the PMS advised people to wait for the statement.

Asked whether the Government’s position reflected the comments made by Ken Clarke, the PMS said that Ken Clarke was referring to the process, rather than the inquiry itself.

Asked whether Owen Patterson would be tasked with producing a response to the report, the PMS replied that he would not get into that level of detail on the process.

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