The Prime Minister’s Spokesman told the assembled press that the Council would be discussing the economy and climate finance this evening. The Prime Minister had written to Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeld setting out what he thought would be a good, broad agenda for discussion and Prime Minister Reinfeld had agreed to that. The Prime Minister wanted [...]
Asked about Tony Blair becoming a candidate for the Presidency, the PMS said that Tony Blair had not announced his candidacy. The Lisbon Treaty would need to be ratified before that could take place, but the Prime Minister had made it clear that if those two events were to happen then he would be campaigning [...]
Jobs and Growth
Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about risks to the economic recovery through the removal of stimulus packages, the PMS said that he was sure the Prime Minister would wish to discuss this with his colleagues but he felt confident that Europe could move as one. Different economies were at different stages of the [...]
House of Lords
Asked if the Prime Minister backed the recommendation for a Standards Commissioner for the Lords and did he think that the peers had got away with a lack of regulation for too long, the PMS said that the Prime Minister thought that the whole system was a discredited, old system. He was particularly focussed on [...]
Asked if the Government had confidence it was able to do business with BAE systems given the Hadden Cave review on the Nimrod aircraft, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman said that the Secretary of State for Defence made a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon; the Cave review was a very full report of [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister thought about the latest news that Angela Merkel had stepped up her opposition to Tony Blair’s candidacy, the PMS said that the Prime Minister would support Tony Blair if he decided to become a candidate. However, the Czech Republic had not yet ratified the Lisbon Treaty and candidates were [...]
Asked if there would be an Oral Statement to the House of Commons next week regarding the Kelly review, the PMS said that there would be an Oral Statement next week and we would confirm who would be giving it nearer the time. Asked if the Kelly proposals would be put to a MPs’ vote, the [...]
Asked if it was still the Prime Minister’s view that the Kelly report should be accepted in its entirety, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Prime Minister said on 10 June 2009 that all parties have committed themselves to accept the further recommendations of the independent Kelly Committee when they were received, provided [...]
Asked what had changed since Bill Rammell’s speech about Territorial Army (TA) funding cuts, the PMS replied that the context around the Ministry of Defence budget, which sat at 35.4bn pounds this year, was that it had experienced the longest period of sustained growth for 20 years. The PMS said, in real terms, by the [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister’s view was on the mutualisation of Northern Rock, the PMS said the European Commission had only just made the announcement. The PMS said the announcement had approved the state aid package, which meant the Northern Rock recovery plan could move forward and Northern Rock could return to the mortgage market [...]
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