The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) told the press that there was a Written Statement coming from Hilary Benn this afternoon that would give Parliament a full update of the situation on floods and where we were on drinking water, sanitation, weather, the recovery operation and financial assistance for those affected.
Asked about the Prime Minister's trip to the US, the PMS replied that we were happy to confirm what the Americans had said, which was that the Prime Minister would go to Camp David early next week, but we did not want to go beyond that.
Put that Sir Jock Stirrup had said that Britain would handover control of Basra by the end of the year, the PMS said that he had not seen the comments, but there was a decision that needed to be taken in relation to Basra Palace. As people knew, we had already moved to overwatch in three provinces out of the four, and decisions would have to be made about the fourth.
Asked about the salary review board report which showed that expenses had gone up from £87million last year to £96million this year, and given this, did the Prime Minister think he was getting value for money from MPs, the PMS replied that this was a matter for the MPs themselves, and the House of Commons. This was not for the Prime Minister to opine on.
Asked if the consultation document would include would include the Attorney General's role in issues such as BAe, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) replied that it would be a wide ranging consultation paper.
Put to him that Ismail Haniyeh had said this morning that there were now contacts and channels of communications between the British Government and Hamas, and asked if he was right, the PMS referred the journalist to the Foreign Office.
Asked what the Prime Minister thought about the Kate Hoey's comments this morning that the Government should in fact have a referendum on the EU, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had made his position very clear on the EU Amending Treaty and whether or not there should be a referendum on it, many times, including quite forcibly in the House of Commons yesterday.
Asked if the Prime Minister would be publishing the names of the people he invites to Chequers, the PMS replied that he was sure the Prime Minister would answer Parliamentary Questions in the same way that has been traditionally done in the past.
Asked if the Border Force would involve any new money and any increase in staffing, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) replied that there were four points to characterise what we were trying to achieve here:
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