The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by reading out a statement to the assembled press on Burma by the Prime Minister, following the UN Security Council statement: "I applaud the leadership and responsibility shown by all members of the UN Security Council in issuing their first ever formal statement on Burma. The statement sends a powerful [...]
Capital Gains Tax
Put that the changes made to capital gains tax would harm small businesses and was any thought being given to rethinking the changes, the PMS replied that Andy Burnham had dealt with the issue that morning and as the Chancellor and the Chief Secretary had this morning made clear, the changes were a simplification of [...]
Kids Under Stress
Asked if the Prime Minister was worried by suggestions that children of primary school age were under too much stress, the PMS replied that there had been a statement released by the Minister for Children, Beverley Hughes overnight that set out the Government’s position on the subject. He went on to say that the report’s author [...]
Asked to characterise how the Prime Minister viewed the current relationship between the UK Government and the Scottish Government, the PMS replied that it was businesslike. Asked if the Prime Minister would reply to Alex Salmond on the Foot and Mouth farming debate, the PMS replied that it was a matter for the Secretary of State. Put [...]
Doris Lessing and Al Gore
Asked for words of congratulation for Doris Lessing and Al Gore, the PMS said that a statement regarding Doris Lessing had been issued last night. The PMS had also congratulated Martin Evans who had won the Nobel Prize for Medicine, earlier that week. The PMS then read out a statement from the Prime Minister, congratulating Al [...]
Comprehensive Spending Review
Asked about the Culture Secretary’s visit to Battersea Arts Centre to publicise the DCMS CSR Arts settlement and whether there was any frustration that the focus had been on tax this week and not the spending being brought in by the CSR, the PMS replied that it was not particularly unusual for Secretaries of State [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister was taking any interest in the settlement given to former Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Rose Gibbs, the PMS said the Prime Minister was being kept informed, but it was really a matter for the Department of Health. Asked to characterise the Prime Minister’s mood at the [...]
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