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Morning press briefing from 14 October 2005

Press briefing from the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman on: Avian bird flu, Zimbabwe deportation, Condoleezza Rice and Politicians and Drugs

Avian bird flu

On the farming and vet side the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that the Government would be clearly represented at the meeting in Brussels. The Prime Minister would get an update on that afterwards and be kept in touch with developments. On the health side there was a previously planned review of the contingency plans set to be published next week by Sir Liam Donaldson. We did not think this would change the plan radically but the review would take account of latest developments. Asked if the publication of that review meant the publications of conclusions, the PMOS said yes. The contingency plans were already published, as he understood it, in March. It was now a six-month rolling process and the next one was due on Thursday.

Zimbabwe deportation

Asked what the Government would now do about the lost deportation case, the PMOS said that no doubt the Foreign Office and Home Office would want to look at the judgement and give a considered reply. Asked if we could appeal at this stage, the PMOS said he would prefer to leave that to the relevant departments.

Condoleezza Rice

Asked if the Prime Minister would be meeting with US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice when she visited London this weekend, the PMOS confirmed that the Prime Minister would be meeting with her over the weekend but that it would be a private meeting.

Politicians and drugs

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that politicians should answer questions about whether they had taken drugs in the past, the PMOS said that it would be unwise for him to be drawn into other people's contests. As such he refused to be drawn into that line of questioning.