Asked if the Prime Minister was confident that the Government would win the vote and if he would be voting, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was planning to vote but it was not appropriate to start forecasting the outcome of the vote. original source.
Institure for Fiscal Studies
Asked for a response to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report, the PMS said that it was important to read the IFS report in full. They made clear in the report that, according to their central forecast, we would avoid a deep and long recession thanks to the substantial monetary and fiscal measures [...]
House of Lords
Asked for the Prime Minister s response to Lady Royall s (Leader of the House of Lords) Guardian article, the PMS said that the Prime Minister supported the position set out by Lady Royall in the Guardian. original source.
Asked for the Prime Minister s response to charges that the package announced yesterday by Lord Mandelson wasn t enough, the PMS said that the Government felt this was a well-timed and well-targeted package aimed at specific issues the industry was currently facing. Whenever announcements of this kind were made there would be criticism [...]
Asked for the Prime Minister s thoughts on Lord West s comments regarding the Government s foreign policy, the PMS said that it was important that we properly explained our objectives in relation to foreign policy. It was important to make sure that moderate Muslim groups, for example, understood the rationale for the [...]
Met Police Commissioner
The PMS said that the Prime Minister spoke to Sir Paul Stephenson on the phone this morning to congratulate him on his appointment as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. original source.
Asked what was on the agenda for the Prime Minister s meeting with pharmaceutical representatives, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) said that this was a meeting that had been in the diary for some time. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how the Government and the pharmaceutical industry could best work [...]
Iraq Cabinet Minutes
Asked if the minutes of the Cabinet meetings leading up to the invasion of Iraq would be published now that the Information Tribunal had upheld a decision by the Information Commissioner concerning the matter, the PMS said that the Information Tribunal had just made an announcement on this and we were considering our response. Asked if [...]
Asked why the Government rejected the idea of paying car firms to put people on short-term contracts, the PMS said that we wanted to help the car industry at what was a difficult time for them. This was a sector of the economy that had seen one of the sharpest contractions in output recently. [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had congratulated David Blunkett on his engagement, the PMS said that he was sure the Prime Minister would be congratulating Mr Blunkett. original source.
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