Downing Street Says...

Every day the Prime Minister's Spokesman meets a small coterie of political journalists known as 'the lobby' for a topical chat, or 'briefing'.

Downing Street Says... is an unofficial site that lets you read summaries of these briefings and add your own comments. Want to know more?

» Friday, May 22, 2015

Intelligence and Security Committee

When asked about appointments to the Intelligence and Security Committee, the PMOS said these would be made according to the provisions in the Justice and Security Act 2013. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Sugar tax

When asked if the Prime Minister had any plans for a sugar tax, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister?s position had not changed and there were no plans for a tax. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Immigration

When asked if it was still the government?s ambition to get net migration down to the tens of thousands, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it remained the government?s ambition. original source.

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

UK democracy

When asked about the suggestion that sectors of the population were being left without access to levels of power in society, the PMOS said the Prime Minister strongly believed in spreading privilege rather than defending it – a principle which guided his policies and decision making. original source.

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Eastern Partnership Summit

When asked about the focus of the forthcoming Eastern Partnership in Riga, the PMOS said the summit would principally focus on how the EU worked with neighbouring countries in terms of fighting corruption, reform of judicial systems, improving transparency, and the like. original source.

Briefing took place at 9:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

NHS

When asked about the NHS and the Prime Minister?s speech on seven-day-services, the PMOS said the proposals were part of a wider need for reform and change in the way the NHS operates, in for example the piloting of seven day GP access. Simon Stevens had already set out a programme for changing the way […]

Briefing took place at 9:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Mediterranean migrants

When asked about reports that Britain would assist in the establishment of a military operation against people smugglers in Libya, the PMOS said the government was working with others on how the appropriate intelligence resources could be put in place. original source.

Briefing took place at 9:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Iraq

When asked about the government?s support for the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIL – particularly in light of the reported fall of Tikrit – the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it pointed to some of the challenges the Iraqi government faced. In respect of the UK government?s role, the PMOS said it […]

Briefing took place at 9:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, March 27, 2015

Speaker vote

When asked about the vote in Parliament on the selection of the Speaker of the House, the PMOS said the vote came following proposals to implement recommendations made by the House Procedure Committee, which would have brought in a consistent approach to appointments to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker roles. original source.

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Iran

The Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister (PM) spoke to President Rouhani of Iran this afternoon. Read out of the call with President Rouhani of Iran original source.

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Inflation

When asked about the inflation rate of 0.0%, the PMOS said the Chancellor had set out the inflation remit in the Budget, adding that the judgement had been made by the government to set the remit at the right level for inflation consistent with macro-economic stability. original source.

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Prince of Wales letters

When asked about the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on the publication of letters from the Prince of Wales to government ministers, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government believed there was an important principle in the confidentiality of correspondence between ministers and the heir to the throne. original source.

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, March 23, 2015

Barbados

When asked about the Prime Minister of Barbados?s reported intention to move his country towards a Republic, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the decision was for the people and government of Barbados, consistent with the principle of self-determination. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Budget 2015

When asked about the Budget the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said people would see a very strong package of measures. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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