» Monday, May 18, 2009

The Speaker

Asked if there was any change to the Prime Minister s position on the Speaker, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister had set out his position on the Speaker earlier today and that remained the position. Asked if the Government would allow the motion to be debated, […]

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

Car Scrappage Scheme

Put that in the past the Government had tried to persuade people against buying cars, whereas this scheme seemed to promote the opposite, the PMS replied that the reason people were buying less cars was because of what was happening globally. We were seeing sharp reductions in demand for cars, not just in Britain but […]

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

Sri Lanka

Asked if the Prime Minister had any comment on the situation in Sri Lanka, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister did speak to President Rajapaksa this afternoon. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of minimising further suffering. He sought and received assurances that the UN and other international agencies would have the access they […]

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

The Speaker of the House of Commons

Asked repeatedly if the Prime Minister still had confidence in the Speaker, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) said that we had consistently made clear that the Prime Minister did not appoint the Speaker. It was right that the Speaker was independent of Government and it was also right that the Prime Minister should support […]

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

The Speaker of the House of Commons

Asked repeatedly if the Prime Minister still had confidence in the Speaker, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) said that we had consistently made clear that the Prime Minister did not appoint the Speaker. It was right that the Speaker was independent of Government and it was also right that the Prime Minister should support […]

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

MPs’ Expenses

Asked when the Prime Minister would see Sir Philip Mawer s report into Shahid Malik s expenses, the PMS said that there was nothing new to say on the subject at this point. Asked if the Prime Minister would be bringing forward any new proposals, the PMS said that this was clearly not the end […]

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

MPs’ Expenses

Asked when the Prime Minister would see Sir Philip Mawer s report into Shahid Malik s expenses, the PMS said that there was nothing new to say on the subject at this point. Asked if the Prime Minister would be bringing forward any new proposals, the PMS said that this was clearly not the end […]

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

Ministers’ Expenses

Asked if there were plans to publish Ministers expenses this week, the PMS said that Ministers had been asked to finalise their receipts with the Fees Office by close of business today. There then needed to be a procedure in order to allow them to be published and we expected that to happen in the […]

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Ministers’ Expenses

Asked if there were plans to publish Ministers expenses this week, the PMS said that Ministers had been asked to finalise their receipts with the Fees Office by close of business today. There then needed to be a procedure in order to allow them to be published and we expected that to happen in the […]

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

Misc

Asked how the Prime Minister responded to the growing calls for an election, the PMS said that the Prime Minister felt that individual MPs would be accountable to the electorate at some point, but that did not remove the need for a fundamental look at some of the wider issues relating to how Parliament operated […]

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

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