The Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) began by briefing journalists on this morning s Cabinet, which was dominated by the economy. The Cabinet was briefed in detail by the Chancellor on the current situation, and the Prime Minister and the Chancellor reminded Cabinet of the international origins and dimensions to what was happening at [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had decided which Minister would take the decision on Heathrow s third runway, the PMS replied that if that was today s reshuffle question, then it would get today s reshuffle answer. original source.
Bradford and Bingley
Asked about the events at the weekend, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) said that it had been clear by close of play on Friday that there were some serious issues in relation to Bradford and Bingley. On his return from Washington the Prime Minister had travelled straight to Downing Street, rather than travelling [...]
Asked about the Prime Minister s meeting with General Petraeus, the PMS said that General Petraues now had a wider role in the US military and remained a very important figure. That was why the Prime Minister was pleased to meet him in Downing Street today. They would be discussing a wide range [...]
Put that WPP had said that it was moving to Ireland to cut tax bills, the PMS said that we did not comment on specific companies and that he had not seen the detail of any announcement made by WPP. We had reduced corporation tax rates in Budget 2007 and they remained competitive with [...]
Asked for a reaction to the US proposal of putting private assets into a state-sponsored fund, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that these were matters for the US authorities. The Prime Minister was setting out this morning the action that we had already taken in Britain to deal with the situation [...]
Asked if there was surprise or disapproval with Harriet Harman s comments on the US Election, the PMS said that he didn t have anything that he could say on the matter. Harriet Harman had been making the Government s position clear, which was not to comment on the US election. The PMS reminded people [...]
Asked whether the Prime Minister had taken the opportunity to reaffirm the UK s backing for Georgia to become a member of NATO, the PMS said that the Prime Minster had done so. Our position on Georgian NATO membership was unchanged. The NATO Summit in April had made the in principle decision that the Ukraine [...]
Rights of the Child
Asked why the Government had decided to sign up fully to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the PMS said that the Home Secretary had announced in January this year that there would be a review of the UK s immigration-based reservation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [...]
Asked if Mervyn King met with the Prime Minister this morning, and if they discussed interest rates, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) replied that obviously interest rates were a matter for the Bank of England and something he would not be commenting on. The Governor of the Bank of England was in the [...]
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