Asked if the Government was aware that the man who was now going to run Northern Rock was a "non-dom", the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that he was not going to comment on any individual’s tax status. The key thing was that we had the best person for the job, and the Chancellor and [...]
Asked for details of Cabinet this morning, the PMS replied that Cabinet met for an hour and 20 minutes, they had a discussion of citizenship ahead of the green paper, Jacqui Smith’s statement and the Prime Minister’s speech tomorrow. They had an update from the Chancellor on Northern Rock, and an update from the Foreign [...]
Asked if the Government had yet received the report of the monitoring commission on the Pakistan elections, the PMS replied that he was not aware that we had received the report yet. original source.
Asked if we were due to hear back on bugging soon, the PMS replied that it was best to check with the Ministry of Justice on this. Asked when the National Security Strategy would be published, the PMS replied that he would expect it to be published in the next few weeks. Asked how many hours of [...]
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by giving a brief summary of Cabinet that morning. Cabinet met for about an hour and twenty minutes. There was a discussion on the issue of citizenship, ahead of Jacqui Smith’s statement and Green paper tomorrow, as well as the Prime Minister’s speech tomorrow afternoon. There had been an update [...]
Asked what the Northern Rock discussion was about, the PMS said it was initiated by words of support by the Prime Minister for all of the work that the Chancellor had been doing, which was strongly supported by the rest of the Cabinet. There then followed a general update following on from the statement yesterday. Asked [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister’s reaction was to the announcement of Fidel Castro’s retirement from the Presidency, the PMS replied that our position on Cuba was a longstanding one; the Government had always sought to encourage a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba, as well as a greater respect for human rights and the unconditional [...]
Chinese envoy to Darfur
Asked whether the Prime Minister would be meeting with the Chinese envoy, the PMS said that the Prime Minister met Chinese State Councillor Tang yesterday. The envoy for Darfur was in the UK this week and would be meeting Lord Malloch-Brown, although he was not aware of any plans to meet the Prime Minister. original source.
Asked what particular aspects of Citizenship the Home Secretary would mention, the PMS said there would be a Green Paper and a statement to the House tomorrow. We had had the Goldsmith Review looking at some of the issues and the Government was also about to introduce the points-based system on migration that addressed some [...]
Asked what David Miliband had said at Cabinet on the Pakistan elections and was the Prime Minister happy at this stage that they had been free and fair elections, the PMS said that on the latter point, there was an EU monitoring mission in Pakistan at the moment and we were due to receive their [...]
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