Credit Card Meeting
Asked for more details about the credit card companies meeting and what the Prime Minister would like to see emerge from it, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that this would be a meeting that the Business Secretary Peter Mandelson and the Consumer Affairs Minister Gareth Thomas would be having with [...]
EU Finanical Package
Asked for more details on the package, the PMS said that this had not yet been formally announced. It was his understanding that the announcement would be made shortly. Clearly, we welcomed the fact that there was a growing consensus, not just in Europe but internationally, on the need for tax and spending policy to [...]
Asked to respond to the Times story on legally forcing the banks to lend, the PMS replied that we had always made clear that we had to look at a range of options in order to do what was in the best interests of British businesses and British families. Nothing was ruled out as we [...]
Put that Chancellor Merkel had outlined some help fro Opel and would there be any help from the British Government for Vauxhall, the PMS advised people to check with BERR but from memory, his recollection was that there would be a meeting that Lord Mandelson would be having on Thursday with the car industry. We [...]
Asked if people could expect the Prime Minister to make an announcement about the G20 Summit today, the PMS said that you could expect an announcement at some point today. original source.
New Zealand PM
Asked what was discussed at the meeting with the New Zealand Prime Minister, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the New Zealand Prime Minister had arrived directly from the APEC summit in Peru. They discussed the global economy, and the Prime Minister thanked Mr Key for the role New Zealand are playing [...]
Asked about the Governor of the Bank of England s comments that the Government needed to intervene directly with banks if they refused to step up lending, the PMS replied that obviously this was something that we kept under constant review, and we remained in close contact with the Bank of England and the Financial [...]
The Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) began by giving a read out from this morning s Cabinet meeting. The sole focus of the discussion was on the Pre-Budget Report (PBR), and the Chancellor set out the main measures in the PBR, making clear that the objective of the PBR was to support firms and [...]
Asked if there was any indication at this point on a location or date for the next G20 meeting, the PMS replied that we were not in a position to confirm anything at this point, but we hoped to be able to confirm shortly. original source.
Asked if he had any thoughts on how much of the PBR was already in the public domain, the PMS replied that at the moment it was all speculation until it was announced. Asked if there would there be questions asked if it turned out to be accurate speculation, the PMS replied that this again was [...]
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