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Does Tony Blair know what the questions are going to be before PM Questions...?

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RTKangaMummy · 07/03/2007 12:37

I have just been watching it for a few minutes and wondered if the questions are told to him beforehand

Does anyone know?

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piglit · 07/03/2007 12:42

Each question is made up of 2 parts. He knows the first part which is usually pretty tame. For example asking about investment in the North East or something. He doesn't know about the second part of the question (for example - can the prime minister explain why unemployment in the NE is at its highest for blah blah blah...) but he will have an inkling depending on the interests/constituency of the person asking the question. People in his office give him all sorts of ideas beforehand as to what might be asked so he does usually have a pretty good idea.

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RTKangaMummy · 07/03/2007 12:51

Oh oke doke thanks

cos he seemed to know alot of statistics and facts off the top of his head

Thanks

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RTKangaMummy · 07/03/2007 12:53

Also how is it decided who will get to ask a question

I mean loads of them stand up and few are chosen

is it the 1st one to stand or is that prearranged?

I just think TB leg muscles get a real work out

UP DOWN UP DOWN UP DOWN

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paulaplumpbottom · 07/03/2007 12:58

Good question, I have wondered about this as well

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piglit · 07/03/2007 13:01

Some of them stand up whenever another member of the house stands up to speak. It's a tradition thing. They don't all have questions to ask. The speaker has a list of members who will ask questions.

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bundle · 07/03/2007 13:04

guide to PMQs

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RTKangaMummy · 08/03/2007 10:55

Thanks for the info

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paulaplumpbottom · 08/03/2007 11:00

I think it would be much more fun if he didn't know

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RTKangaMummy · 08/03/2007 11:03

Yes

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SmileysPeople · 08/03/2007 11:05

Oh I've often windered this!!

And now I know. Thanks

Is there an area of expertise that you could ask a question on on MN and not get a knowledgable reply in 5mins???

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southeastastra · 08/03/2007 11:07

it always makes me watching pmqt. the way they all jolly about like old public school boys.

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SmileysPeople · 08/03/2007 11:07

A challenge to think of one.....

any plumbers on here?? that might do it.

or roofers? or PRIESTS!!!
surley none of those...but still someone would know all there is to know about priesthood without being one.

It's a toughie.

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