» Thursday, November 20, 2008

Small Business meeting

Asked for a readout of the Prime Minister s meeting with small business leaders, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) replied that this was one of a series of meetings that the Prime Minister was having in order to listen to the concerns of business at this difficult time, particularly small and medium sized businesses. […]

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Iceland

Asked about the reports of the UK lending money to Iceland, the PMS replied that the reality of the situation was that the 2.2 billion that was being reported was not new money that was going to Iceland, it just represented the Icelandic Government s liability to the UK. So it was money that they […]

Briefing took place at 16:45 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Baby ‘P’

Put that the Secretary of State for Children, Schools, and Families had said in the House that he was prevented from publishing the Serious Case Review for Baby P after it had been assessed by the Information Commissioner, the PMS replied that as people knew, there was an exchange on this in the house earlier. […]

Briefing took place at 16:45 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Economy

Asked about an EU stimulus package, and did we have a view on whether Germany should be doing more than they were, the PMS replied that it was not really for us to tell other countries what they should be doing. The Prime Minister was a big advocate of coordinated action on fiscal policy in […]

Briefing took place at 16:45 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

CAP Reform

Asked if the Government was disappointed with the lack of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, given that we agreed to give up part of our rebate, the PMS replied that there was a review on CAP that had not yet concluded. We were strong supporters of reform of the CAP, the Prime Minister in particular […]

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Kosovo

Asked if there was anything to report from the Prime Minister s meeting with the Kosovan leader, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary made clear that the UK was absolutely committed to stability in Kosovo and the Balkans. Kosovo s independence brought long awaited certainty and permanence to Kosovo s […]

Briefing took place at 16:45 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Baby P

The Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) began by telling the assembled press that the Baby P statement from Ed Balls was an update and followed on from the exchanges at DCSF Questions earlier this week. Asked if the statement would be substantive, the PMS repeated that he expected it to be an update. It was […]

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Economy

Asked if there was any response to mortgage figures and retail sales, the PMS said that we didn t normally comment on monthly figures. These figures fluctuated from month to month and this was clearly a difficult time for the British economy as it was a difficult time for the global economy. This was why […]

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Iceland

Asked about where we were on the package for Iceland, the PMS replied that there was a joint statement that had been put out by the UK, Dutch and German governments which read: In supporting the IMF programme the UK, the Netherlands and Germany welcomed Iceland s commitment to meet its obligations to depositors and […]

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SME Meeting

Asked for a read-out of the meeting, the PMS said that this was one of a series of meetings that the Prime Minister was having, listening to the concerns of businesses. We recognised that some small and medium-sized businesses were facing tough times and that was why, as the Prime Minister had said in the […]

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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