» Wednesday, December 12, 2007

EU Reform Treaty

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) started by telling journalists that the Prime Minister had signed the Treaty and was expected to have bilateral meetings with EU leaders afterwards, including Prime Minister Socrates, but was unable to confirm any others in advance. Put that the Prime Minister was limited to the number of leaders he could […]

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Lord Ashdown

Asked if Lord Ashdown was any nearer being appointed to a UN role, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman told the assembled press that she would not speculate on individuals at this stage, as this was an appointment for the UN Secretary General to make. It was stated at Lobby that morning that an appointment of somebody […]

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Lisbon

Asked for an update on the Prime Minister’s plans for tomorrow once he got to Lisbon, the PMS replied that it was anticipated that the Prime Minister would be able to attend some of the lunch and would then sign the treaty. If there was any time for bilateral meetings, they would happen after that […]

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Liaison Committee

Asked what the mood was after the Liaison Committee and asked if it was something the Prime Minister would want to do again, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had expressed his thanks to the members of the Liaison Committee and his warm seasonal greetings expressed his views on the issue. Asked if it […]

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Counter Terrorism

Asked if there was any reaction to the reports on Counter Terrorism, the PMS said that it was appropriate that the Home Secretary had already issued a short written statement on the Select Committee’s report welcoming the expression of their view that the current pre-charge detention limit may prove inadequate in the future. original source.

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Pensions

Put that the Prime Minister had said in PMQ’s that there would be an announcement in the next few days on a financial assistance scheme for pensioners and what did the term "in the next few days" mean, the PMS explained that it would indeed be in the next few days. Asked if it would […]

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Police Pay

Put that the Prime Minister had said this morning that there was no room for manoeuvre regarding Police pay and that that was a rather difficult way to start a negotiation, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had set out the fact that these were difficult decisions and they were difficult decisions that people […]

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Afghanistan

Asked about the reports this morning that the British Government had given the go ahead for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to undertake talks with the Taliban, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Prime Minister was giving his statement regarding Afghanistan at 12.30pm but added that, to make things clear, there was no question […]

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Iraq

Asked if it was felt that southern Iraq was being handed over whilst in a stable state, the PMS said that, as the Prime Minister had been saying at the weekend, we had seen a reduction of approximately 90% in violent incidents against British troops in Basra since September. At the time of the move […]

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Russia

Asked about the report that the Russian Government had ordered the British Council to close down its two offices outside Moscow, the PMS said that the British Council’s activities in Russia were fully compliant with both Russian and international law. Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and the 1994 UK/Russia Cultural Agreement, the […]

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