Put that the German government had put out a statement saying that there was an agreement between themselves, France, the UK and the US and was this true, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister had had conversations today with President Obama, President Sarkozy and also Chancellor Merkel on [...]
Put that of the 22 Chinook helicopters being procured, the first batch of ten would not be ready until 2013 and was this an admission that the UK would be in Afghanistan for the long haul, the PMS said people should not read into that; the Secretary of State for Defence had to set out [...]
Asked if there would be any announcement on constitutional renewal following the discussion in Cabinet, the PMS advised people not to expect any impending announcement. Asked if any Ministers had volunteered to drive the MINI-E seen in Downing Street this morning, the PMS said she did not know, but it would be part of the Government [...]
Asked why there had been an announcement on helicopters this morning before the statement this afternoon and was it an effort to soften the blow, the PMS replied that departments often issued statements before a full house of Commons statement. Put that the statement said that the first helicopters would come into service in 2013 and [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister was hoping to achieve in the meeting with Prime Minister Meles, the PMS said he wouldn’t give specific objectives for each meeting. The Prime Minister thought it was important as part of the Copenhagen discussions that developing and developed nations came together. There had to be a shared agenda. By getting [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Quentin Davies that the outrage over his expenses was a joke, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister’s view was that the old regime was now discredited. What we were now putting in place was a new system and we were making good progress towards it. Asked if [...]
Asked about Simon Cowell’s desire to get involved in politics via a television show, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had always believed in widening the democratic renewal debate and if Simon Cowell wished to contribute to that he was sure the Prime Minister would be delighted. original source.
Asked for Downing Street’s reaction to the public clash yesterday between Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness over whether parading was a pre-condition for an agreement on devolution, the PMS advised people to speak to the Northern Ireland Office. The Government’s view was that we were hopeful that, having agreed the terms of the devolutionary justice [...]
Asked for the Prime Minister’s views on how the City was behaving at the moment, the PMS said that the important point to bear in mind was that this piece of policy was as much about behaviour change as it was a bout the principles. We wanted to see a competitive and healthy banking industry, [...]
Asked if there was a particular reason for Jack Straw to brief the Cabinet on constitutional renewal, the PMS said that the Cabinet was briefed on constitutional renewal from time to time. original source.
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