Asked how the Prime Minister would characterise his relationship with Harriet Harman, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Prime Minister was fully focused on the business of government and had made clear that he was keen that all the issues regarding party political donations were investigated thoroughly. He was fully supportive of the [...]
Asked if the Foreign Office accepted that Gillian Gibbons must serve a further ten days in jail, the PMS said that, as was known, the Foreign Secretary met with the Sudanese ambassador again last night and expressed in the strongest terms our concern regarding the continued detention of Gillian Gibbons; we were doing all we [...]
Asked for feedback from the Foreign Secretary’s meeting with the Sudanese Ambassador, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that a statement had been released earlier today and it would be best if the Foreign Office do any further briefing on the meeting, rather than No.10. The Government was awaiting the outcome of [...]
Asked if the Government was confident that this was a problem for just that particular court or were there concerns that there could be similar problems elsewhere, the PMS replied that it was a particular issue relating to Leeds Magistrate Court. As Jack Straw had said, he had asked the Chief Inspector of the Courts [...]
European Reform Treaty
Put that the scrutiny committee were convinced that the rules of the House require, in the wake of their report, a debate on the treaty before the Prime Minister signs it, the PMS replied that he had not seen the comments. original source.
Asked if the Government was concerned that further credit had been given to Northern Rock, the PMS replied that the Chancellor and others had made the situation in relation to Northern Rock clear on numerous occasions. There was a process of sale of Northern Rock underway, with Virgin having emerged as the preferred bidder. As [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the Governor of the Bank of England, that the UK was in for an uncomfortable period financially, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was speaking at length about the world economy at the weekend and gave a number of interviews. These were testing times for the World [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had received a letter of apology from HMRC, the PMS replied that he would not normally comment on the Prime Minister’s personal financial affairs. Asked whether the Prime Minister had had an interim report back yet, the PMS asked people to check the exact timings with the Treasury. The Government was [...]
Asked if the police decided to investigate the matter, would the Prime Minister suspend the internal inquiries going on, the PMS said that it was entirely a party matter. Asked if there was a police investigation, would the Cabinet Secretary be the person to liaise with them, the PMS replied that we would cross that [...]
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) started by giving an update on the situation in Sudan. The Foreign Secretary had summoned the Sudanese ambassador today and that meeting would take place at noon. The Prime Minister, who was taking a close interest in this situation, had spoken to Ms Gibbons’ family that morning. Asked if the Prime [...]
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