The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by updating the journalists about Zimbabwe. The Prime Minister had said some words on Zimbabwe earlier today; there were now intense negotiations underway in New York and we hoped to be able to move to a vote within the next few days. Everyday we received further evidence of political […]
Asked if there was a response to the Russian Ambassador’s call for clarification whether the Government believed that the Russian Government had been involved with the Litvinenko murder, the PMS said that in relation to the stories that had appeared earlier this week, no intelligence or security officials had been authorised to comment on the […]
Vehicle Excise Duty
Asked repeatedly if the Prime Minister planned on correcting his response to David Cameron on 4th June that the majority of drivers would benefit from the change to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), the PMS said that the Prime Minister had been asked this question by Andrew McKay in the House of Commons today and the […]
Asked why the Embryology Bill had been delayed, the PMS replied that Harriet Harman had given an explanation to that question today during Business Questions. Put that the Bill had been delayed due to cynical manoeuvring regarding a forthcoming by-election and not because of the business of the House, the PMS said that Harriet Harman […]
Put that Spectator magazine had reported that the Chancellor twice tried to hand his notice in to the Prime Minister during the run up to the Budget, the PMS said that he had no information on that story. original source.
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister had chaired Cabinet that morning. Cabinet was mostly taken up by an update from Jack Straw on where we were on House of Lords reform and a discussion led by the Prime Minister on the issues coming out of the G8 Summit. […]
Vehicle Excise Duty
Asked whether the Prime Minister regretted misleading the House about vehicle excise duty (VED), the PMS said that he did not accept the premise of the question. The Prime Minister told the House on the 14th May that the majority of motorists would benefit or pay no more in vehicle excise duty as a result. […]
House of Lords Reform
Asked why the House of Lords reform came up in Cabinet again, the PMS said that we had previously said that we would update the House on where we were on House of Lords reform before the summer recess. original source.
Asked what the Government thought about President Medvedev not being happy with the sanctions being imposed on Zimbabwe, the PMS said that the statement that the G8 issued which was agreed by all of the G8 was very clear and people would have seen that. The debate would now move to the UN and the […]
Put that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill came back to the House for a third reading next week and was it still the position that it was a Government bill and all those in Government would be expected to vote, the PMS said that that was correct unless they had other important business that […]
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