Asked for details of upcoming Cabinet meetings, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that there would be a Cabinet meeting next week. He did not have any information on political Cabinet meetings. original source.
Asked whether the Prime Minister would be attending the proposed summit on the situation in Georgia, the PMS said that the proposal had been made in the last few days and we very much welcomed the announcement of the meeting. It had not been finally decided who would be attending from the UK. Asked if the [...]
Asked whether the Prime Minister would be visiting his neighbouring constituency in the run-up to the by election there, the PMS replied that he was unaware of any specific plans but clearly any questions that related to the by election were a matter for the Labour Party. Put that the Prime Minister might take on [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister s position was on a windfall tax, the PMS said that there had been stories in the press this morning. It went without saying that tax was a matter for the Chancellor and the Treasury. The Treasury always received a whole range of representations about proposals relating to tax and [...]
Prime Minister in Scotland
Asked if it was the case that what the Prime Minister was doing this week was no different from what he was doing before he went to Beijing and the only holiday the Prime Minister had had was in Suffolk, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was working all of the time, so he [...]
Asked if the Government had any plans to bring the majority of British troops home from Iraq in the next nine months, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) replied that as the Prime Minister had set out clearly when he was in Iraq, decisions on troop withdrawals depend on conditions on the ground, particularly relating [...]
Asked for a reaction to President Musharraf stepping down this morning, the PMS replied that there would be a fuller reaction from the Foreign Office later, but he could say that during President Musharraf s time in office we had seen a deepening of UK/Pakistan relations, and we wished him well in the future. [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with David Cameron s ideas on visa restrictions for Russian nationals and speeding up Georgia s admission to NATO, the PMS replied that on visas we already had restrictions on visas for Russian officials including in the security apparatus, dating from the post-Litvinenko era. On a wider application [...]
Law and Order
Asked on law and order if it was the case that the police were now demonising the middle classes because of government targets as they were easier to catch, the PMS replied that this was a question best directed to the Home Office. original source.
Asked if the Government was considering plans to force employers to leave women s jobs open for up to a year whilst they were on maternity leave, the PMS replied that it was best to check with DWP on this. original source.
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