» Thursday, February 22, 2007

PM’s visit to Manchester

The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) said that the Prime Minister was visiting Moss Side, Manchester, where he was meeting community groups  involved in tackling gun crime at street level, including discussions with former gang leaders.  The event was organised by a group called Street Pastors, and they would further discuss the need for community engagement on this issue.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

PM’s visit to Manchester

The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) said that the Prime Minister was visiting Moss Side, Manchester, where he was meeting community groups  involved in tackling gun crime at street level, including discussions with former gang leaders.  The event was organised by a group called Street Pastors, and they would further discuss the need for community engagement on this issue.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Iraq inquiry

Asked if the Leader of the House had let the cat out of the bag by suggesting that there would be an inquiry into the Iraq war, the PMS said the Prime Minister had already said he was sure that there would be a time where people would want to look into these issues, but now was not that time, whilst our troops were deployed on the ground.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Iraq inquiry

Asked if the Leader of the House had let the cat out of the bag by suggesting that there would be an inquiry into the Iraq war, the PMS said the Prime Minister had already said he was sure that there would be a time where people would want to look into these issues, but now was not that time, whilst our troops were deployed on the ground.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Audience with the Queen

Asked by Gallery News if the PMS had an answer to their earlier question about whether it was an audience "with The Queen" or "of The Queen", the PMS replied that after initial research we thought it was audience with The Queen.  When journalists disagreed, the PMS said as always we would go back and look again!

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (2)

Audience with the Queen

Asked by Gallery News if the PMS had an answer to their earlier question about whether it was an audience "with The Queen" or "of The Queen", the PMS replied that after initial research we thought it was audience with The Queen.  When journalists disagreed, the PMS said as always we would go back and look again!

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Forthcoming Business

The Leader said that, on Monday, February 26, the Business would be Opposition Day (7th Allotted Day) - debates arising on Opposition motions on "State of the Royal Navy" followed by "Integrity of the Electoral System". These would be followed by a motion to approve a Money Resolution on the Sustainable Communities Bill (Phil Woolas leading for the Government). On Tuesday, February 27 - Remaining stages of the Greater London Authority Bill (Yvette Cooper and Jim Fitzpatrick). The House would debate remaining stages of the Offender Management Bill (Gerry Sutcliffe) on Wednesday, February 28. There would be a debate on Welsh affairs on a motion for the Adjournment on Thursday, March 1, marking St David's Day. On Friday, March 2, the House would deal with Private Members Bills.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Forthcoming Business

The Leader said that, on Monday, February 26, the Business would be Opposition Day (7th Allotted Day) - debates arising on Opposition motions on "State of the Royal Navy" followed by "Integrity of the Electoral System". These would be followed by a motion to approve a Money Resolution on the Sustainable Communities Bill (Phil Woolas leading for the Government). On Tuesday, February 27 - Remaining stages of the Greater London Authority Bill (Yvette Cooper and Jim Fitzpatrick). The House would debate remaining stages of the Offender Management Bill (Gerry Sutcliffe) on Wednesday, February 28. There would be a debate on Welsh affairs on a motion for the Adjournment on Thursday, March 1, marking St David's Day. On Friday, March 2, the House would deal with Private Members Bills.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

House of Lords Reform

The Leader said that the votes would take place at the end of the debate on March 7. He had announced in the House earlier that he would table the various motions, in draft, on the Order Paper and would be available tomorrow. He had made it clear that he would look at any amendments to them to see if there could be some form of accommodation in the search for a consensus. At present, there would be nine motions - ranging from whether there should be a bicameral House, and then - for a reformed House - whether it should be 100pc appointed, 20pc, 40pc, 50pc, 60pc, 80pc to 100pc elected. There would be a separate motion, irrespective of the view taken of a reformed House, on whether the remaining hereditaries, who had seats in the Lords, should have their places removed.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

House of Lords Reform

The Leader said that the votes would take place at the end of the debate on March 7. He had announced in the House earlier that he would table the various motions, in draft, on the Order Paper and would be available tomorrow. He had made it clear that he would look at any amendments to them to see if there could be some form of accommodation in the search for a consensus. At present, there would be nine motions - ranging from whether there should be a bicameral House, and then - for a reformed House - whether it should be 100pc appointed, 20pc, 40pc, 50pc, 60pc, 80pc to 100pc elected. There would be a separate motion, irrespective of the view taken of a reformed House, on whether the remaining hereditaries, who had seats in the Lords, should have their places removed.

Briefing took place at 15:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

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