Asked if the Prime Minister was minded to accept the Information Commissioner’s ruling on releasing Cabinet notes, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that as the Cabinet Office had said, we would have to give proper consideration to the ruling. We would have to balance off the requirements of openness and transparency [...]
Put that Andy Burnham had announced that new casinos would be closed for six hours of every 24 and was there any plans to replicate that in the licensing trade, the PMS replied that there was a review under way in relation to 24 hour licensing and the Prime Minister had been speaking about it [...]
Put that Hazel Blears was due to make a statement on regeneration for Manchester, the PMS said that it would be released as a press notice. Asked if the Prime Minister had written a letter to the British Law Society promising continued funds for groups working for democratic change in Zimbabwe, the PMS said he did [...]
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by informing journalists that Cabinet had met for approximately one hour this morning and had been dominated by home affairs. They discussed drugs policy in advance of the Drug Strategy publication tomorrow and there was a follow-up discussion on neighbourhood policing following on from the campaign launched yesterday by [...]
Asked if there was any explanation for why the numbers of failed asylum seekers had dropped, the PMS replied that what we had also seen, as Liam Byrne had pointed out this morning, was a significant increase in the number of foreign national prisoners being deported; that was up 80% over the past year. People [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister welcomed the speeded up timetable regarding MPs’ expenses, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister thought it was a matter for the House of Commons; he had set out his views on how he thought all of this should be looked at in his letter to the Speaker 2 or [...]
Swedish Prime Minister
Asked what the Prime Minister would be discussing with the Swedish Prime Minister, the PMS replied that the main things they were likely to discuss would be where we were in terms of live European issues, Kosovo, climate change and development issues. original source.
First Minister of Scotland
Asked if the Prime Minister had any plans to meet with the First Minister today, the PMS said no. original source.
Asked what the Prime Minister thought about new truancy figures given his policy regarding compulsory education until the age of 18, the PMS replied that his understanding was that overall absence from school was at its lowest level ever; on average 58,000 more pupils were at school than would have been if we had the [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister was worried about the backlash about Manchester not getting the super casino, the PMS said it was best to wait for the announcement from Hazel Blears this afternoon before reaching any judgement. original source.
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