Press release

Number 10 Press Briefing - Morning From 22 October 2010

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

From the Prime Minister's spokesperson on: Iain Duncan Smith, Dr David Kelly, Wikileaks and councils.

Iain Duncan Smith

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Iain Duncan Smith that the jobless should get on a bus to find work, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that Iain Duncan Smith had been making the point that it was important to have flexible labour markets and that people were encouraged to actively look for work, which the Prime Minister obviously agreed with.

Dr David Kelly

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that people should now accept that Dr David Kelly’s death was suicide, the PMS said that the Lord Chancellor had taken the decision to release the documents in the interest of maintaining public confidence in the Hutton inquiry.

Asked if Dr Kelly’s family were consulted, the PMS said that people should speak to the Ministry of Justice about the process.


Asked what the Government’s position was on Wikileaks documents due to be published tomorrow, the PMS said that we did not condone leaks, and if they were published tomorrow we would not comment.

Asked if there was concern that they could put British troops at risk, the PMS said that he did not know the detail of the information due to be released.


Asked what the Prime Minister’s view was on councils sharing services, the PMS said that it was an initiative by specific councils; it was a decision made by them and not a result of a central government edict.