The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by updating people on changes to the Business Council. Arun Sarin, the outgoing Chief Executive of Vodafone and Jean-Pierre Garnier, the former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline have stepped down from the council in reflection of the fact that they no longer have roles in UK-based businesses. They were replaced by […]
Asked whether the Prime Minister supported a compulsory retirement age, the PMS said the Prime Minister supported Government policy, which was set out very clearly in response to the Turner Commission a couple of years ago. Put that it discriminated against workers over 65, the PMS replied that the whole purpose of the Turner Review […]
Letter from the Chief Whip
Asked whether the PMS could shed any more light on the letter sent to Keith Vaz by the Chief Whip, the PMS said that the Chief Whip had been making it clear that this had been intended as a light-hearted letter. Put that there was no question that the letter had been sent as quoted, […]
Asked whether the Prime Minister had any sympathy with the argument that hauliers in this country paid a lot more duty than in other countries, the PMS said the Prime Minister understood the concerns that hauliers were raising, but what we had seen in recent months and over the past year or so, had been […]
Vehicle Excise Duty
Asked if the Government was going to acknowledge that given the difficult economic circumstances this was not the time to penalise those with old cars, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Chancellor had set out the Government’s policy in the Budget. The Government did acknowledge that difficult decisions had to be taken sometimes […]
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Peter Mandelson that the French President was undermining Europe’s negotiating position in the world trade talks, and if so had the Prime Minister raised this with President Sarkozy, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister certainly believed that Mr Mandelson was doing an excellent job as Trade Commissioner […]
Asked if the Prime Minister was going to speak to the Russian President about BP, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister would be meeting with Mr Medvedev in the margins of the G8 meeting next week. We hoped that the issues relating to BP would be resolved by then, but we would obviously only […]
Asked if the Government was planning to look again at whether under-16 knife crime was counted in statistics as Cherie Boothe had said it should, the PMS replied that on the issue of knife crime statistics, the Home Office could give a specific response to that specific question. But we had asked police forces to […]
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