» Monday, January 28, 2008

Meeting with Merkel, Sarkozy, Barroso and Prodi

Asked if there was any information regarding the Prime Minister’s meeting tomorrow, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that it would be a wide-ranging discussion but that they would mostly be concentrating on economic issues. original source.

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Adair Turner

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by telling the assembled press that Defra had announced that Adair Turner had been appointed as the Chair of the Climate Change Committee. The PMS added that the Committee was established as part of the Climate Change Bill, in order to independently assess how the UK could optimally achieve […]

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European Commission

Asked if the Prime Minister would be going to the European Commission this week, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had no plans to go this week. original source.

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EU Leaders Meeting

Asked for more information on the meeting taking place tomorrow, the PMS replied that in general terms, the leaders would be primarily discussing the economy. They would no doubt want to take forward some of the issues that were raised in the UK-France-Germany joint declaration on financial markets, agreed at Lisbon on the 19th October […]

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QCA announcement re Qualifications

Asked if the Prime Minister was making an announcement regarding McDonalds qualifications, the PMS replied that the announcement was from the QCA; there was a general reference to plans to designate employers who could award qualifications in the Prime Minister’s speech to the skills conference at the QEII this morning. Asked what the case would […]

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Beijing Olympics

Asked what the Prime Minister thought of the decision made by Prince Charles not to attend the Beijing Olympics, the PMS said that the Prime Minister thought it was a matter for Prince Charles. Asked if he empathised with those who wished to boycott the event, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister thought that […]

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Fiscal Measures

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding fiscal measures, the PMS replied that these were matters for the Treasury and the Chancellor and referred journalists back to what the Prime Minister had said about the role of fiscal policy in his article in the Financial Times last Friday. original […]

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EU Treaty

Asked why the Government was proposing to cut the amount of debate on the EU Treaty from 20 to 12 days, the PMS said that he was not aware of any such proposal. The PMS said that he thought there would be a very lengthy period of debate and would be interested to see if […]

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President Gorbachev

Asked what the Prime Minister and President Gorbachev had discussed at their meeting, the PMS said it was a private meeting and mainly a courtesy meeting. President Gorbachev was in London and was obviously a great figure of the late 20th Century and the Prime Minister was very pleased to have the opportunity to be […]

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Alan Johnson

Asked about the Prime Minister’s thoughts regarding donations relating to Alan Johnson, the PMS replied that this was a matter about party funding so not a question he could really comment on; he referred journalists back to what the Prime Minister had said in his GMTV interview this morning when he was asked that same […]

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