The Prime Minister's spokeswoman was asked if David Cameron had full confidence in the Home Office.
'"Yes," was the reply.
She was also asked if the PM agreed with the Tory MP Mark Reckless' comments that the Home Office is '"institutionally incompetent".
"No," was the reply to that.
On whether the Home Secretary received legal advice on Qatada, the spokeswoman would only say that all government departments have access to legal advice and lawyers.
Another twist in a political storm that has left critics questioning whether the Home Secretary has mishandled the Abu Qatada deportation
Law experts attending a conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights believe the Home Secretary has got her dates wrong.
Clarity over Abu Qatada's appeal deadline will only come from the European judges. There will be lots of arguing over details.