Asked if the Prime Minister was generally sympathetic to the proposal that the National Audit Office should carry out spot checks on MPs’ expenses, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Prime Minister’s view was that this was an interesting proposal. He was generally in favour of greater transparency, but we were not going [...]
Asked why there were no business women accompanying the Prime Minister on his recent visit to China and India, the PMS replied that this was not true – Carla Furse was involved on the trip and was present for the opening of the London Stock Exchange event in Beijing. Asked how many women were on [...]
Asked for any response to Charles Clarke’s criticisms today, the PMS replied that we would not be commenting on anything that Charles Clarke has said. He was entitled to express his views, and as we had said previously, the Prime Minister believed that Charles Clarke was a distinguished and experienced former Minister with much to [...]
Troops in Afghanistan
Asked repeatedly to comment on reports that British troops were being sent to Afghanistan without full military training, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Government’s response was that there was absolutely no question of compromising on our training standards or sending troops into operational theatres unprepared. There was no question [...]
Put that the Prime Minister had mislead MP’s during PMQ’s, when he suggested that health spending in England was higher than in Scotland, the PMS replied that he was not aware of any such allegation being made against the Prime Minister, but he would check what the facts were and get back to people. original source.
Asked repeatedly on the subject of MP’s allowances and whether the Prime Minister agreed with Jack Straw’s comments made earlier that day, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister did agree with Jack Straw’s comments, that there should be greater transparency over MP’s expenses. Exactly how this should be achieved was a matter for the [...]
Asked if the Government held a view on the location and growth of Heathrow, the PMS said that the Government’s position in relation to the expansion of Heathrow was well-documented, well known and hadn’t changed. The Prime Minister had expressed his view on the subject on several occasions and believed that it was right that [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had received Sir John Chilcott’s review on Intercept, the PMS replied that when we were in a position to publish the Chilcott Review, we would publish it and make an announcement. original source.
Stop and Search
Asked what Sir Ronnie Flanagan was proposing regarding Stop and Search, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that people should wait until Sir Flanagan had published his final report. However, he had made clear on page 15, paragraph 1.26, recommendation 9 of his interim report that, ‘the review will give urgent consideration to how Stop [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had met, or was due to meet, Bill Gates, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had met with Bill Gates this afternoon and that it had been a private meeting. They had met in Davos recently; they had a lot of common issues that they discussed, primarily around the [...]
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