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Fallon 'pretty confident' NHS prepared to deal with Ebola

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told ITV News he is "pretty confident" the NHS is prepared for dealing with Ebola patients in the UK.

"The NHS procedures are going to be rehearsed over the next few days," Fallon said.

Michael Fallon. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment/PA

"We're pretty confident that our procedures are robust - that, if symptoms are suspected, they can be dealt with as soon as possible," he continued.

"It is important, if anyone does suspect symptoms, that they are referred to GPs and know what to do."


Michael Fallon: British jets won't start bombing IS overnight

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told ITV News that there will be no British air strikes in Iraq overnight:

Fallon: Extremely inappropriate to fly 'jihadist' flag in UK

The Defence Secretary said it was "extremely inappropriate" to fly an Islamist "jihadist" flag in the UK, especially at this time.

Following reports that such a flag was flown outside a housing estate in east London, Michael Fallon said: "That is extremely inappropriate when British lives are at risk particularly in terms of terrorism from the jihad."

He went on: "Our focus now is on helping people who are suffering and they are clearly suffering now in the Sinjar mountains and elsewhere."

Fallon 'hopes' there will be no further defence cuts

The new defence secretary said he "hoped" there would not be further cuts to his department's budget and praised his predecessor for "taking some very tough decisions" in order to get funding "under control".

Michael Fallon told Good Morning Britain the Ministry of Defence was able to "invest in the future" because Philip Hammond - the new Foreign Secretary - had "spent nearly four years" working on the department's budget.


Minister: Fracking 'only allowed if absolutely safe'

There is a lot more shale gas under Britain's surface than previously thought, Michael Fallon said. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Total's plans to explore Britain for shale gas is "extremely important" as it shows "one of the world's Big Five oil companies" sees a lot of opportunity in the UK, according to a business minister.

Michael Fallon told Daybreak any go-ahead for fracking in Britain would be "regulated properly" and "would only be allowed if absolutely safe".

He continued: "The announcement by Total this morning is extremely important. It shows that one of the world's Big Five oil companies now sees the opportunity to explore for shale gas here.

"We know now there is a lot more shale gas down there than previously thought and there is a huge opportunity to go down there and get it."

Business minister: Fracking to help 'salvage economy'

Fracking could "salvage" the UK economy from "crippling stagnation" and create thousands of jobs, business minister Michael Fallon said. Writing in the Sun on Sunday, he said:

In the Seventies, North Sea oil helped salvage our economy from crippling stagnation.

We have a similar chance to create tens of thousands of jobs and energy security.

A mile and more beneath us lies deposits of gas-bearing shale rock with the potential to guarantee energy supplies in an increasingly uncertain and competitive world.

If our boldness is matched by others in Europe, it could also drive down the cost of power for hard-working families and businesses.

– Business minister Michael Fallon

Fracking company has 'necessary permits' for tests

Energy minister Michael Fallon said the Government would only allow exploratory drilling for oil and gas if it is "being done properly and the environment is being fully protected".

He added that Cuadrilla, the company which is carrying out exploratory drilling activities in West Sussex, had the necessary permits from the Environment Agency.