Billy Elliot bursaries
Asked how much money each individual would get, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) told the assembled press that 40 interns would share 600,000 over two years. Put that this was far below the minimum wage, the PMS said, it wasn’t directly comparable as this was a bursary scheme. Asked if 7,500 per year was enough [...]
Asked when the Prime Minister’s visit to Afghanistan was organised, the PMS said, operational detail is not divulged but that the PM was always planning to go to visit the troops in mid-March. original source.
Asked how long the President of Somalia would be visiting the UK, the PMS told the press they should ask the Foreign Office. Asked if the Chandler kidnapping case would be discussed in meetings with the President, the PMS said, he would be surprised if it wasn’t raised. original source.
Asked if there were to be any comment following Bill Jeffrey’s evidence at the Iraq Inquiry about the defence budget, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister has said all he is going to say at the inquiry on Friday. The PMS explained the three points the PM made; that core defence spending rose, an [...]
Asked if there was anything further to add on the statement to be given to the House of Commons by Justice Secretary Jack Straw, the PMS said, it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment whilst the Justice Secretary was on his feet addressing the House. original source.
Senior Salaries Report
Asked what Alistair Darling had stated about such salaries, the PMS said, the Chancellor expected there to be significant restraint in general in public sector pay. original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister’s trip to Afghanistan had been planned before or after Downing Street became aware of his appearance at the Iraq inquiry, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that it was important to bear in mind how many times the Prime Minister had visited Afghanistan; he had been to Afghanistan eight times [...]
Asked why the Prime Minister wasn’t leading the meeting with the Somali President, the PMS said that there was nothing to read into this – it had always been intended that the Foreign Secretary would meet the Somali President. The Prime Minister was making a particular effort to join the meeting and recognised the [...]
Asked if the Prime Minster would say anything about the date of the Budget during his economy speech this week, the PMS said that the Chancellor would announce the date of the Budget at the appropriate time. Asked if the Prime Minister would be meeting with the Icelandic Prime Minister, the PMS said that the Treasury [...]
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