The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) updated journalists about the flood situation. He said that the first discussion with this Government on the situation regarding floods was at their first Cabinet meeting last Thursday. Hilary Benn visited the region last Thursday, subsequent to this there had been visits and discussions involving Ed Milliband, Hazel Blears and John Healey as Local Government Minister. The Prime Minister, as he had mentioned previously, had spoken to council leaders in the affected areas and he would be speaking to them again today. The Prime Minster would be visiting the affected areas tomorrow.
Asked whether the Prime Minister was considering asking Government buildings to fly the flag outside England, the PMS said what we had removed were the restrictions that relate to the flying of flags and we had shown the lead by flying the flag above Downing Street, and other Government departments had followed this lead. It was really a matter for individual institutions to decide their response. Asked whether schools would be encouraged to fly the flag, the PMS said at the moment there was a consultation looking at all these issues, and in advance of the conclusion of this consultation we had changed the restrictions.
Prime Minister’s Holiday
Asked whether the Prime Minister had personally thanked Mahmoud Abbas for helping with the release of Alan Johnston, the PMS did not get into the details of the call and referred back to what he had previously said on this issue.
Sir Alan West Report
Put that it seemed very quick for Sir Alan to be publishing a report on Monday, the PMS said it was an urgent and important issue that needed to be looked at immediately. In terms of the actual form this would take, journalists should wait until Monday.
Prime Minister’s First Week
Asked how would the Prime Minister sum up his first week in office, the PMS said he thought the Prime Minister had been asked this question several times in TV interviews over the past few days. He would let those words spoke for themselves.
Asked whether the Prime Minister had bought an exercise bike, the PMS said he had not asked.
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