Asked if there was any update on the situation in Northern Ireland, the Prime Minster’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister was being regularly updated. He spoke to the Taoiseach yesterday and was in regular contact with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister also discussed the situation [...]
Asked whether the Prime Minister would be watching Tony Blair’s appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry and would he be meeting Tony Blair at all today, the PMS replied that there were no plans for the Prime Minister to meet with Tony Blair although he did keep in regular touch with him. The Prime Minister had [...]
Asked whether the Prime Minister backed MPs appealing against repayment demands, the PMS said that the Prime Minister wouldn’t comment on individual cases, but he had always said that he supported the independent Legg process and always urged MPs and Ministers to cooperate fully with Sir Thomas Legg. Asked if the Legg process included a right [...]
Asked repeatedly if the Prime Minister had considered declassifying certain documents for the inquiry ahead of former Prime Minister Blair’s appearance, the PMS explained the process involved in handing over documents to the inquiry and explained that all papers the inquiry had asked for had been handed over and that it was a matter for [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister would be going to Belfast and how the progress report would be delivered to the Prime Minister and Brian Cowen, the PMS said he could not confirm forward travel and referred to the Prime Minister’s statement of Wednesday that Friday would be an important day and that the Prime Minister [...]
Econony and Banks
Asked for a view on Standard and Poor’s comments regarding the credit rating of the banking sector in the UK, the PMS said it was not appropriate for the Government to give a running commentary on the credit grading regarding certain sectors of the economy. The PMS added that both the Prime Minister and Chancellor [...]
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) gave a summary of Cabinet’s discussions, which included parliamentary business, the economy, a labour market update, updates on the talks in Northern Ireland, Haiti and the Afghanistan conference. Asked if Cabinet had discussed Alternative Voting, the PMS said it had not been discussed at Cabinet. Put repeatedly that the Government’s statements that [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister’s comments on turning the tide in Afghanistan suggested the tide was against the UK at the moment, the PMS said that this was not the case and it should not be interpreted that way. The PMS added that the Prime Minister had always made it clear that there was a [...]
Asked if correspondence between Tony Blair and President Bush had not been released to the Iraq inquiry by the Cabinet Office because it could harm relations between the UK and USA, the PMS said that it was a matter for the Cabinet Office who had to follow a clear protocol for every declassification request. The [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister would return to Hillsborough Castle to oversee discussions in Northern Ireland, the PMS said that he would not comment on the Prime Minister’s travel plans and that the Prime Minister and Brian Cowen looked forward to an update on the progress on the 29th January. The PMS added that [...]
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