» Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Public Spending Cuts

Put that there had been reports of heated exchanges at Cabinet about spending cuts and how would he characterise the exchanges at Cabinet, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that he would characterise the general mood and exchanges as being very constructive and good tempered. Asked if there was a move […]

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Michael Martin

Asked if it was appropriate for Michael Martin to get a peerage, the PMS said that this was a decision that was taken on the basis of a recommendation from the House of Commons in an uncontested motion about ten days ago. Asked if the Prime Minister supported it, the PMS repeated that it was […]

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ID Cards

Asked if the announcement on ID cards was a retreat by the Government, the PMS replied that he would not accept that characterisation. The Home Secretary had talked about the accelerating the role-out of ID cards. Put that parts of the roll-out would not be compulsory anymore, the PMS said that there was one change […]

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Mortgage Relief Scheme

Asked if the Prime Minister thought the scheme was a cause for celebration given that it had only helped six people, the PMS said that this a reflection of the fact that clearly there were a number of procedures that had to be gone through in order for people to qualify for this particular scheme. […]

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Cabinet

The Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) said at Cabinet this morning they discussed the economy and the Prime Minister led a discussion on the follow-up to Building Britain s Future (BBF), emphasising the importance of pushing through the delivery of the announcements that we made yesterday. There was an update from the Chancellor on the […]

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GDP/CSR

Asked if there had been a discussion on GDP figures or the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) at Cabinet, the PMS said that there was a general discussion about the economy, public services and the follow up to BBF, but we would not get into specifics. Asked repeatedly about whether or not there would be a […]

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Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

Asked about the Government s response to the IPPR report and specifically about aircraft carriers, the PMS said that there were a number of aspects of this report that we would agree with and a number that we wouldn t agree with. In terms of carriers more generally Bill Rammell had been speaking on the […]

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Misc

Asked if the Prime Minister was disappointed that MPs voted down his proposal for a code of conduct, the PMS said that they didn t vote down the proposal. The key part of what the Prime Minister was arguing for was a code of conduct that related to financial matters, and that remained. Wider code […]

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