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, November 21, 2014

EU

When asked about the EU, the PMOS said the Prime Minister was clear on the need for EU reform and part of this agenda would include ensuring greater competitiveness and flexibility. original source.

Briefing took place at 14:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Net migration

When asked on the government?s objective to get net migration below 100,000 by the end of this Parliament, the PMOS said this continued to be the objective the government was working towards. original source.

Briefing took place at 14:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Public finance figures

When asked about the latest Office for National Statistics, Public Finance Figures the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said the Prime Minister shared HM Treasury?s view. original source.

Briefing took place at 14:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, November 20, 2014

EU bonus cap

When asked about the legal challenge to the EU ?bonus cap?, the PMOS said the government shared the view of the Governor of the Bank of England with regard to the proposals put in place by the EU, and that the Treasury were now considering the Advocate General?s statement. original source.

Briefing took place at 20:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Scotland

When asked about the Prime Minister?s pledge that Scotland should get more powers, the PMOS said the Prime Minister would maintain the pledges he made during the referendum campaign. original source.

Briefing took place at 20:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Webcam hackers

When asked about Russian webcam hackers, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Information Commissioner was looking into this which was the right thing to be happening. original source.

Briefing took place at 20:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Historic child abuse

When asked about the Prime Minister?s view of historic child abuse allegations in the Telegraph today, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said if people had evidence of serious wrongdoing they should speak to the police so that it could be thoroughly investigated. original source.

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

Food banks

When asked about the Prime Minister?s view on the Trussell Trust report into food banks, the PMOS said the Prime Minister welcomed and supported the work of the Trust in running food banks. On the question of food bank users and benefit claims, the PMOS said over 90% of claims were processed on time – […]

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

» Tuesday, November 18, 2014

COBR meeting

When asked about today?s COBR meeting on ISIL, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said officials had updated the Prime Minister on the latest situation and that the Prime Minister had reiterated his condemnation of Mr Kassig?s murder. original source.

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

GP surgeries

When asked about the Care Quality Commission?s (CQC) GP surgery data, the PMOS said this was very much part of the agenda the government had been taking forward in terms of ensuring that we had the highest possible standards in all parts of the NHS. The CQC had been reformed under this government precisely in […]

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

EU migrants

When asked about EU migrants receiving child benefits, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister and his colleagues would continue to take this issue forward with EU partners and the European Commission. He added the government had already tightened rules so EU migrants had to wait 3 months after arriving in the […]

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

Net migration

When asked about the government?s objective to get net migration below 100,000, the PMOS said this remained the objective towards which the Prime Minister and others were working to. He said the increase in recent periods from countries such as Spain and Portugal was linked to the economic performance in the Eurozone. On the question […]

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

» Monday, November 17, 2014

Ebola

When asked about ongoing international efforts to tackle Ebola, the PMOS said the international community ? most recently at the G20 ? had come together to take action, including additional funding announced at the G20 meeting in Australia whilst adding that there was more that needed to be done. original source.

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

Flooding

When asked about the UK?s preparedness for winter flood risks, the PMOS said the government was taking the right approach, noting the conclusion of dredging in the rivers Parrett and Tone, and the fact that repairs to flood defences were all on track and being completed on time. original source.

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

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