Asked what the Prime Minister s reaction was to the comments made by President Sarkozy, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Elysee had been in contact this morning to assure us that these remarks were not meant as a critique of UK economic policy. On the specifics of this, we [...]
Put that 75% of cars in the UK were imported and wouldn t this measure help other countries rather than the UK, the PMS replied that Lord Mandelson had spoken about the measure in his speech last night. Scrappage schemes were an interesting idea and we needed to look at how they might work in [...]
Put that ONS figures released today showed a continuation of the decline in manufacturing and was there anything the Government could do to address this, the PMS said that these were undoubtedly difficult times and that was why the Government had brought forward the measures that we had over the last few months; to help [...]
Asked repeatedly about the comments made by Jeremy Clarkson, the PMS said he would not get into a detailed discussion about those comments. Asked about the point Mr Clarkson had made about the Prime Minister not admitting he had got it wrong about the economy, the PMS said that Mr Clarkson was entitled to his [...]
Asked if it was correct that the Prime Minister had the final say on bonuses in banks with a public stake or did that only apply to the top executives, the PMS said that as he had said yesterday, the Treasury were in discussion with the banks about remuneration structures as part of the wider [...]
Put that given we had established that the Obama administration had not issued a new threat to withdraw cooperation and given the extent of public outcry, was the Prime Minister considering requesting that the Americans release the information, the PMS said that David Miliband had set out our position on this quite clearly yesterday and [...]
Asked how incandescent the Prime Minister was that Tony Blair had met the new President, the PMS replied that Tony Blair was the Quartet Envoy and it was important for the Quartet and important for UK interests that he had a close relationship with the US administration. original source.
Dutch Prime Minister
Asked for a readout on the meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister, the PMS said that he had not had a readout yet, but he would let people know when he had. original source.
Asked whether the Prime Minister was worried about the prospect of several thousand job losses in Royal Mail, the PMS replied that the Royal Mail had set out their position on that story. It was his understanding that the Royal Mail had said they had no plans for 16,000 job cuts. In terms of staffing [...]
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