» Thursday, December 4, 2008

Speaker of the House of Commons

Asked if the Prime Minister had confidence in the Speaker of the House of Commons, the PMS said yes.

Asked why, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister believed that we should support the Speaker s decision to review the rules so that MPs could continue to do their job, while ensuring that no one was above the law.

Asked if the Prime Minister accepted that there was some urgency in getting a review of the rules underway as soon as possible, the PMS said that we needed to balance the desire for an investigation by the committee with the requirement not to interfere in an ongoing police investigation. We had taken legal advice in regards to the motion establishing the committee, when it should report and the implications that the operation of that committee potentially had for an ongoing investigation. This was reflected in the language in the motion that was drawn up by the Government as per the Speaker s request yesterday.

Put that the committee that investigated honours had carried on their work while the police investigation had been ongoing, the PMS said that yesterday s motion had been drawn up on the basis of legal advice.

Asked if the Prime Minister had confidence in the Sergeant of Arms, the PMS said that that was not a question for the Prime Minister; it was for the House of Commons authorities and the Speaker.

original source.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Search for related news

1 Comment »

  1. He is about the only one who has confidence in the speaker then

    Comment by revinkevin — 5 Dec 2008 on 4:21 pm | Link

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Post a public comment

(You must give an email address, but it will not be displayed to the public.)
(You may give your website, and it will be displayed to the public.)


This is not a way of contacting the Prime Minister. If you would like to contact the Prime Minister, go to the 10 Downing Street official site.

Privacy note: Shortly after posting, your name and comment will be displayed on the site. This means that people searching for your name on the Internet will be able to find and read your comment.

Downing Street Says...

The unofficial site which lets you comment on the UK Prime Minister's official briefings. About us...


December 2008
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
« Nov   Jan »

Supported by


Disruptive Proactivity

Recent Briefings



Syndicate (RSS/XML)



Contact Sam Smith.

This site is powered by WordPress. Theme by Jag Singh