Asked about the firm Granite, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that Vince Cable had written to the Chancellor and that the Chancellor would be replying to that letter, and making it public, shortly. The PMS went on to explain that Granite was a financing vehicle that was used by Northern Rock to raise money. [...]
Asked for details regarding the talks in Brussels tomorrow, the PMS replied that there were four things that the Prime Minister would be seeking to discuss with President Barroso. Firstly, the issue of economic reform; we very much supported the position that President Barroso had been taking, driving forward economic reform in Europe. We would [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had a strong view on bin taxes, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman told the assembled press that the Government’s position on the matter was set out by Defra before Christmas. The Government was looking at how to incentivise on a pilot basis, five local authority areas. Defra were in the process [...]
Asked whether James Purnell’s speech today was a stepping up of the Welfare agenda, the PMS said it was a continuation of the agenda. The PMS added that it was a recognition that the New Deal, when it was originally devised, dealt with the issue of worklessness, but over time as more people had got [...]
Asked for an outline of what the Prime Minister would be doing in Brussels tomorrow, the PMS said he would be meeting President Barroso and other Commissioners. The Prime Minister would also meet Prime Minister Verhofstadt of Belgium. The main items on the agenda would be the economy, international development issues, the environment and global [...]
Asked if there was any assessment on how much non-EU nationals cost the country in terms of providing public services, the PMS said that it was best for people to see the full picture and the proper context of the Home Secretary’s statement and Green Paper, rather than some of the partial reports that had [...]
Put that low-end mortgages would be taken over by the Government, while better mortgages would allegedly be taken over by Granite, the PMS said Yvette Cooper was answering questions on that subject in the House and he had nothing to add to it. The PMS said he would let the Treasury handle queries on the [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister would be doing anything to celebrate his birthday, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was working today and this evening he would have a quiet evening at home. Asked if the Prime Minister had any plans to visit Fiji, the PMS said the Prime Minister had no plans to visit [...]
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