The first question at PMQs today was about the economic impact of splitting up the Union, Blair said the Union was good for the whole of the United Kingdom.

Cameron used his questions to ask Blair to guarantee that all possible options would be considered before prisoners were released early from crowded prisons, and if it was the government’s, and Gordon Brown’s, policy to split up the Home Office:

"I think the Prime Minister doesn’t want to break-up the Home Office, he wants to break-up the Home Secretary"

In his sixth and final question, Cameron compared the government to the
ship stranded off the Devon coast:

"washed up, broken up, and they’re
just squabbling over the wreckage"

Blair didn’t answer directly, instead referring to plans to increase prison places and criticising the Conservatives for voting against investment and not being the party of law and order anymore.

Sir Michael Spicer simply asked if the EU would take control of criminal law, and Blair simply answered "no".

The Party leaders all paid tribute to Private Michael Tench who was killed this week, but Ming made a point of also paying tribute to all British servicemen who had been wounded.

He said he had drawn up proposals to withdraw from Iraq by October, and asked the Prime Minister to participate in the Parliamentary debate on Iraq after PMQs. The Prime Minister refused to set out an "arbitrary timetable for withdrawal" in the "deeply irresponsible" way the LibDems had done, because of the "disastrous signal" it would send to our enemies in Iraq.

Deputy Editor


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