» Monday, February 8, 2010

NHS PFI

Asked what the Prime Minister thought of claims that the NHS was facing a 63 billion bill for PFI hospitals that are only worth 11billion, the PMS replied that we did not recognise the way the figures have been presented. It is inappropriate to add up annual fees and compare them with the capital cost. […]

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Lobbying

Asked what the Prime Minister thought of proposals to tighten the rules on lobbying, withdrawing the Ministerial pension of anyone breaching the rules and doubling the waiting period before Ministers can take jobs related to their portfolio, the PMS said that the Government has brought in tight regulations covering Ministers who leave Government and go […]

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EU

Asked what the Prime Minister hoped to achieve to in relation to the Eurozone at the informal Brussels Summit, the PMS replied that the focus of the meeting will be economic reform and climate change. The Prime Minister will present his proposals for jobs and growth for the European economy. Asked if the problems of […]

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Expenses

Asked if the Prime Minister has bowed to pressure to withdraw the whip from the MPs charged in relation to the expenses, the PMS said that was a matter for the Labour Party. original source.

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President Karzau Phonecall

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the Prime Minister spoke to President Karzai yesterday. President Karzai expressed his warm appreciation to the Government for organising the London conference on 28 January. The Prime Minister and President Karzai also discussed ongoing operations in Helmand. They welcomed the leading role played by the Afghan Security Forces […]

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MPs’ Expenses

Asked what the Prime Minister’s thought about Parliamentary immunity, the PMS said that the Prime Minister believed that no MP was above the law. Criminal law applied to MPs in the same way as it applied to anyone else. Parliamentary privilege was not intended to cover issues like these. The Leader of the House’s comments […]

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Iran

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about recent events in Iran, the PMS said that there had been some mixed messages coming out of Iran over the weekend and the Prime Minister had always been clear that we needed to see proper dialogue between Iran and the IAEA. Iran continued to face a choice […]

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NHS Speech

Asked about the Prime Minister’s speech on the NHS this morning, the PMS said that the Prime Minister spoke this morning about the importance of the central role the NHS played and the importance of the NHS guarantees, including the cancer guarantee, the waiting time guarantee and the GP access guarantee. original source.

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Afghanistan

Asked if the Prime Minister felt that there was a point at which the number of deaths in Afghanistan was no longer a price worth paying, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was always very saddened by any death in Afghanistan and his thoughts were with the families of those who had fallen. Our […]

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Bananas

Asked about the story in The Sun today about the Prime Minister eating nine bananas a day, the PMS said that the Prime Minister’s view was that a balanced diet was important and portions of fruit and vegetable on a daily basis could only lead to good health. original source.

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