Asked why the Government feel it necessary to publish a rule book or guidelines on how Whitehall would function in the event of a hung parliament, the PMS said he wouldn’t describe it as a handbook, it relates to the importance of codifying the constitution and a written constitution. The Prime Minister had invited [...]
Scottish Independence Referendum
Asked what the Prime Minister’s response was to an independence referendum, the PMS said the Prime Minister would be saying some words this afternoon whilst he was on his Scottish trip. The Prime Minister’s view would be that this would be an unnecessary distraction. The Prime Minister’s view was that the devolved Government [...]
Asked for the Prime Minister’s views on the bonuses at RBS, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that RBS was a very important bank and Stephen Hester had said this morning that today’s figures marked a further step in the direction of the recovery of the bank. The Prime Minister had been the vanguard [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister recognised the latest alleged quotes about his character from Andrew Rawnsley’s book, the PMS said that he had already expressed the Prime Minister’s views about the allegations in the book. original source.
Asked if he could confirm whether the Cabinet Secretary met with Andrew Rawnsley during the preparations for his book, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that he had nothing to add to what Sir Gus O’Donnell had said in the last few days. Put that it was reasonable for the press to know [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister and the Chancellor discussed the Chancellor’s interview this morning, the PMS said he did not know. The PMS said they may well have discussed possible questions on the economy at PMQs. Put that the interview must have come up and would he characterise the meeting between the two as cordial, [...]
Asked how the Budget was looking, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had said that the Chancellor would announce at the right time the timing of the Budget if there was to be one before the election. Asked if the normal four week notice period would be given, the PMS replied that he was not [...]
Asked about a question from David Cameron at PMQs on GDP per capita that had since been clarified by the opposition, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had answered the question put to him. Asked whether GDP per capita was now lower than it was in 2005, the PMS said that he would check and [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister expected to see in the Cabinet office manual on hung parliaments, the PMS said that this related to Sir Gus O’Donnell’s manual on the subject and his aim to codify a lot of the conventions. The PMS said that it was likely that Sir Gus O’Donnell would have briefed the [...]
Asked about the comments made by the Scottish Cardinal who said that the Pope would give the Government hell when he visited later this year, the PMS said that this was a political issue and not something the Government had got involved in. In terms of a Government response, the PMS said that [...]
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