Asked about the immigration announcement at the UK-French Summit today, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) said that a declaration was announced on bilateral cooperation between the British and French Governments on tackling illegal cross-border immigration, principally around the northern French ports. The 15 million that was announced today was to pilot new technology to […]
Asked if there had been a shift of emphasis today from the Prime Minister on public spending, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had been setting out the overall position on the Government s approach to the economic downturn, which was that we needed to continue to invest in the kind of new technologies […]
Asked how worried the Prime Minister was about the number of offenders who had breached their licence, the PMS said that the key point on offenders was that ten times as many were being recalled to prison each year under a much tougher recall regime. Ten thousand were recalled in the fifteen years between 1984 […]
Asked how worried the Prime Minister was about Frank Field s amendments to the 10p Tax Bill, the PMS said that we had provided additional help for low to middle-income families. The Government had increased the personal tax allowance by 130 on top of the 600 increase that was announced it May for 2008/09.Those changes […]
Asked what the Government had decided to do about quangos, the PMS said that the Chief Secretary would lead a review of all quangos and this would inform decisions in the run-up to the Pre Budget Report (PBR). Asked if some of them would go, the PMS said that we were going to lead a […]
Public Sector Pay
Asked whether the Prime Minister agreed with the Head of the Audit Commission that public sector pay should be frozen for the next two years, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Chancellor had spoken about this in the last day or so and the Prime Minister shared the view […]
Asked what would be discussed at the Summit, the PMS said that they would cover the global economy in the run-up to the G8 Summit. They would also cover immigration, including what additional work the UK and France could carry out to tackle the problem of illegal cross-border immigration and foreign policy issues including Iran […]
Asked whether the Government were still happy that we had the right balance in Afghanistan or whether the recent casualties suggested that a change of direction was needed, the PMS replied that on the issue of casualties, the Government sent its condolences to the families and friends of those who had been killed or injured […]
Asked for a reaction to the violence in North West China, the PMS said that reports were still coming in from that region and there had been some updates from our embassy in Beijing. We were concerned about the reports of violence and the scale of the loss of life and we would urge restraint […]
Asked for more information on when the Government had decided that ID cards would not be compulsory for the general population, the PMS said that the Government had set out its position on ID cards and whether or not they would be compulsory and that position remained unchanged. Put that ID cards would first be […]
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