Put to the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) that Whitehall sources had briefed that Ministers had been putting back decisions regarding small and large casinos, the PMS said that he did not know what Whitehall sources briefings were or meant. The issue that was raised by the Prime Minister today was in relation to super casinos.
Asked how many of the 250,000 new homes a year would be social housing, the PMS said that it depended on policy decisions from the DCLG as well as the outcome of the spending review. DCLG might comment further when their Green Paper was published next week.
Put that the Prime Minister referred to Muktar Ibrahim directly in his answer today at PMQs and what was he looking at specifically in regard to the case, the PMS said that what he was referring to was the issue around what happened in relation to people who had been charged with terrorism offences and whether or not they could subsequently travel abroad. What the Prime Minister said was that he had asked the Home Secretary to look into this matter.
Put that the Prime Minister had mentioned the Pre Budget Report (PBR) in October, and did he really mean that, the PMS replied that we had not made any announcements today on dates for the PBR. That would be a matter for the Chancellor, and he had not yet made any such announcement.
Asked what the Prime Minister thought about the decision to award Salman Rushdie a knighthood, the PMS said that the Prime Minister believes the decision to award Salman Rushdie was made on the basis on his contribution to literature. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office made it clear yesterday no offence was intended to the Islam faith.
Asked about citizen's juries and consultation on the draft legislative programme, the PMS said regional Ministers and the relevant Secretaries of States would take this forward. They would take forward the consultative progress on the draft legislative programmes and hold consultations throughout the country. People were able to also express their views on the draft legislative programme on the Cabinet Office and the Leader of the House of Commons websites. In terms of the specific events journalists should keep in touch with the Cabinet Office.
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