Video Conference with President Obama
Asked what the Prime Minister and President Obama would discuss this afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that they would mainly discuss Afghanistan and Copenhagen. Asked if President Obama had been invited to the Afghanistan summit in London on 28 January, the PMS said that it was a Foreign Ministers event so the expectation was [...]
Afghanistan and Pakistan Statement
Asked why the Prime Minister had chosen to mention the deployment of special forces in Afghanistan, the PMS said that the Prime Minister wanted to give a complete and comprehensive account of our military commitment to Afghanistan but for obvious reasons we would not give exact numbers. Asked how long the special forces had been [...]
Put that there were reports coming out of Brussels that the UK had got one of the Commissioner jobs on the economic side and was there a comment on that, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that she had not seen any announcement yet from President Barroso. original source.
Asked whether the PMS would agree with the way the Prime Minister’s comments had been characterised as endorsing the McChrystal view of how policy should change in Afghanistan, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister was very keen that Afghanistan should be discussed as part of the CHOGM talks. A number of the Commonwealth countries [...]
Asked how concerned the Prime Minister was about British banks being exposed to the debt crisis in Dubai, the PMS said that the restructuring announcement from Dubai World yesterday had caused disruption and uncertainty in world markets, but the Government along with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Bank of England were continuing to [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had any thoughts on George Osborne’s comments that the recession had been worse than anticipated, the PMS replied that the Chancellor had made clear in the Budget his forecast and he would be renewing that as part of the Pre-Budget Report. The Chancellor had made it clear that he was [...]
Asked about the Gary Mckinnon case, the PMS said that as people would know, the Home Secretary had decided to proceed with extradition having reviewed the legal situation. The PMS said she would refer people to the statement that Alan Johnson had made this morning. original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned with the reports that the Health and Safety Executive were not happy with the designs for the new nuclear power stations, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister’s view was that safety was paramount for new nuclear power stations and to this end, the regulators both here and [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister still had full confidence in the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the PMS said that the Prime Minister thought that patient safety must be a top priority for the NHS and all patients deserved the highest quality of care. The PMS said that the Prime Minister also wanted to stress that [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister discussed debt restructuring with the Ruler of Dubai when they met earlier this week, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that she would come back to people on that point. original source.
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