Asked what sort of plane the Prime Minister was getting, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Written Statement, which we had answered today, made it clear that whereas previously the recommendation had been that there would be two planes available (one small plane and one large plane for the Royal Family and Ministers), [...]
Put that there was nothing political happening today and that all the political discussions would take place tomorrow, the PMS said that that was correct. Asked for an idea of what was happening tomorrow, the PMS said that President Sarkozy would come to No 10 for meetings with the Prime Minister; at the same time Ministers [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister was happy that the case had gone to the High Court, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was happy to have his expenses published but that these matters were being dealt with by the House of Commons. Asked if the Prime Minister was reluctant to comment further on the expenses [...]
Asked what the Prime Minster had meant when he was asked about his style in an interview with Le Monde, the PMS said that he had meant, "I get on with the job". original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with John Hutton that the Government should go further than the 23 existing nuclear reactors, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that John Hutton spoke on behalf of the Government, so the Prime Minister did agree. Asked how much further, the PMS said that these were commercial [...]
Asked when President Sarkozy would be addressing both Houses, the PMS said it would be 4pm. Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the President that we should be working together with the US to push the value of the Dollar back up, the PMS replied that we would not comment on exchange rate matters. Asked [...]
Asked about the Financial Standards Authority (FSA) and their report into Northern Rock, the PMS said that the Government welcomed the fact that the FSA had conducted what was a very thorough review and was taking action as appropriate. The Treasury had been making clear that this work would help inform the wider review that was [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister supported the Committee’s decision to appeal the decision on MP’s expenses, the PMS replied that this was a matter for the Committee; as we had said consistently, the Prime Minister is relaxed about publication of his expenses but this needed to be dealt with by proper procedures. If the House authorities [...]
European Defence Cooperation
Asked for the Prime Minister’s view on European Defence, the PMS said that there were longstanding procedures in place by which European countries could cooperate on defence mechanisms, going back to the San Marlo Agreement in 1998. Asked if there was a case for going any further, the PMS said that there would no doubt be [...]
Asked if he could confirm reports that a deal had been finalised on a future strategic tanker aircraft and that the announcement would be made during Sarkozy’s visit, the PMS said that it would be best to wait until the communique was finalised, but he did not recognise the story. original source.
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