Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s comments on Burma, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) referred to the Foreign Secretary’s statement on Burma at the end of last week and said that the Government’s position was that we deplored the continued repression of ordinary citizens by the Burmese regime [...]
Foot and Mouth/Bluetongue
Asked if the Prime Minister was going to be involved in any COBRA meetings about Foot and Mouth/Bluetongue whilst at Party Conference, the PMS replied that was something the Government kept under review; the Prime Minister spoke to Debbie Reynolds this morning for an update on the latest situation in relation to both Foot and [...]
Asked if there had been any response from the Zimbabwean Government or the African Union (AU) as to the Prime Minister’s position, the PMS said that he was not the person to respond but that the Government had set out it’s position quite clearly and there was nothing more to add to what the Prime [...]
Asked whether the Government would consider changing the four laws that the Governor of the Bank of England had said had prevented him from doing his job, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman told the assembled press that the Chancellor would be making a statement on the matter to the Houses of Parliament when they reconvened. Asked [...]
Asked about a new British motto, the PMS said it would be an interesting debate to have, but the proposal that the Government set out at the time of the constitutional reform package in July was more to do with a statement of values, which would then feed into any possible British Bill of Rights. [...]
Asked for an update on the comments made by the Prime Minister yesterday, the PMS said he had dealt with the issue pretty comprehensively, but added the Prime Minister’s position was clear. The Prime Minister did not intend to attend the EU-Africa summit. What the Government was doing, was setting out a number of positive [...]
Asked if the Home Office was cooperating with the American investigation into BAE Systems and what exactly was it doing in respect to the specific requests it had had, the PMS replied that the Home Office had made it’s position clear, that it was cooperating and it was a complex matter. There were a number [...]
Age of Retirement
Asked why the Government wanted nurses to retire at 60 years of age, when the aim was to raise the retirement age to 68 eventually, the PMS said that there were two separate issues here: the age when people receive the state pension, and when public sector and private sector employees retire. The PMS said [...]
Asked if it was the Government’s position in principle, that it was right to try and see whether or not a covert rescue operation for Northern Rock could have been launched, after the Governor of the Bank of England had told the Select Committee he had lobbied strongly for such an operation, the PMS said [...]
Asked to clarify whether the Prime Minister had said he would not attend if Robert Mugabe was attending, or whether he would not attend if any representative of Robert Mugabe’s regime/government was present, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister was saying that the assumption was that Robert Mugabe would be attending and on that [...]
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