10p Tax Rate
Asked when we would know more details as to how the Government planned to deal with the remaining 1.1 million households who had been affected by the removal of the 10p tax rate, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the Chancellor had already set out the plans for this year, and as he had […]
Fuel and Food Prices
Asked about John Hutton’s idea for an immediate announcement on fuel prices, the PMS said that both the decision and the timing of any announcement were matters for the Chancellor. Asked about a report being published next week on energy, the PMS said that there was a paper on food being published in the next […]
Asked if Lord Malloch-Brown spoke for the Government when he said we were not in favour of Robert Mugabe having even a ceremonial honorary title in any future power-sharing government, the PMS said that Lord Malloch-Brown was the Minister for Africa so of course he spoke on behalf of the Government. Asked about US Secretary […]
Thomas Tallis Visit
The Prime Minister was this morning visiting Thomas Tallis school in London along with Children, Schools and Families Secretary, Ed Balls. Thomas Tallis is a flagship Creative Partnerships school. They showcase what we are trying to achieve with "SHINE" (a week long national festival celebrating all the talents in all young people) – by encouraging […]
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that Cabinet had lasted for just under an hour. They had mostly discussed the impact of increases in global food prices, with the discussion being led by Hilary Benn. As part of that discussion, Ruth Kelly outlined the main conclusions of the Gallagher Review on bio-fuels […]
Asked what Hilary Benn had said about food prices, the PMS said that the Strategy Unit had been doing some work on the causes of the increase in food prices and the implications for Britain and what we may be able to do about it. They hoped to be able to publish that within the […]
Asked whether the Prime Minister was disappointed that Ruth Kelly would not be available to vote on the Embryology Bill, the PMS said it was a Government vote and therefore we would expect Government Ministers to attend, but it was not unusual for Minister’s to have business overseas and of course when that happened they […]
Asked whether David Miliband had said anything new on Zimbabwe and what was the current situation, the PMS replied that the Foreign Secretary had given an update on where we were. Lord Malloch-Brown was attending the African Union (AU) meeting as an observer. We were awaiting the outcome of the AU summit and we had […]
Asked what had happened in Kosovo today, the PMS replied that the UK was the reserve force in Kosovo for the first six months of the year and that expired today. Des Browne would be making a formal announcement on the situation in a Written Statement to the House later today. original source.
West Lothian Question
Asked whether the Government would consider adjusting voting on English-only bills, the PMS said that it was not for him to respond to these proposals from the Conservative Party; that was for the Labour Party to do. On the general question, the Prime Minister was a very strong supporter of the Union and was very […]
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