Commenting on the calls for a single independent inquiry into the organisations involved in the alleged Jimmy Savile abuses, the PMS said that nothing had been ruled out. It would be premature to prejudge the outcome of the BBC inquiry and the police investigation.
Answering a query on the need for stronger legislation to govern business appointments of ex-military officers, the PMS said that the Defence Secretary had set out the Government’s concern over the issue. The Government was considering the PASC’s reports on business appointments.
Outlining the response to reports from Germany that Chancellor Merkel had compared the PM to a muppet, the PMS said that the comparison was actually made by a German publication and not from the Chancellor herself. The UK continued to work with Germany on a number of issues and the PM had spoken to Chancellor Merkel before the upcoming EU Council.