The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by giving a brief summary of Cabinet to the assembled press. Cabinet had met for an hour and 40 minutes that morning. There had been the usual update from Geoff Hoon on parliamentary business, there had been a brief discussion on the Draft Legislative Programme being published tomorrow and […]
The Chancellor also updated Cabinet on his latest thinking relating to compensation for those affected by the removal of the 10p tax band and that would be the subject of his statement to Parliament this afternoon, where he would set out the latest state of thinking in advance of the Treasury Select Committee Inquiry. As […]
Asked if the discussion included anything on the housing market, the PMS confirmed that there had been some discussion of the housing market as well. Asked what the tenor was of those discussions, the PMS replied that because of the international credit crunch, mortgage availability was becoming more difficult, so this was a supply issue. […]
Asked if there were any plans to hold Cabinet meetings around the country and not just in London, the PMS said there were no specific plans for that at the moment, but it was something the Prime Minister had said that he was open-minded on and it was something that was kept under review. Asked […]
Draft Legislative Programme
Asked if the Draft Legislative programme was discussed at Cabinet, the PMS said there was a fairly brief discussion on it this morning. Asked what the timing would be for the Prime Minister’s statement, the PMS said there would be a statement to the House by the Prime Minister at 1230 original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about new sentencing guidelines stating that people caught with knives could escape with a fine or community sentence, the PMS made clear that the Sentencing Guidelines Council was an independent body. The guidelines they had issued were not saying that if you injure someone with a knife, you […]
Asked if political memoirs came up at Cabinet, the PMS said they did not. Asked whether a referendum on Scottish independence was discussed at Cabinet, the PMS said that it hadn’t come up. original source.
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