Asked about the Financial Times story on jobs, the PMS replied that we had seen the report in the FT, and obviously the Treasury were a bit pre-occupied with other matters and had not been able to do any detailed analysis on some of the accusations that were made, but their initial reaction was that [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister met with Timothy Geithner when he was in the US recently, and did the Prime Minister think he was a good pick if he was announced today as the next Treasury Chief in the US, the PMS replied that people should wait for an official announce from the Untied States [...]
Asked if it was correct that the Prime Minister had been receiving coaching from Lord Mandelson to prepare him for PMQs, the PMS replied that he had not heard or witnessed that. Asked if there was any comment on suggestions that Jaguar and the Government were in talks over a bailout, the PMS replied that he [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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