Prime Minister’s economic speech
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) informed journalists of the details of the Prime Minister’s first major speech. He said that the Prime Minister would talk about the first priority for the Government of transforming the economy and would set out the coalition strategy for economic growth to turn the economy around. Asked about the themes of [...]
Asked for the Prime Minister’s views on HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) error on tax credits, the PMS said that HMRC would be investigating what happened, and that they did not believe there were any risks of identity theft resulting from the mistake. The PMS also highlighted that it was the commitment in the coalition [...]
Peerages and Government appointments
Asked when any new peerages would be announced, the PMS said that announcements would be made soon, but not today. Asked whether all ministerial appointments had now been made, the PMS confirmed that two ministerial appointments to the Ministry of Defence had been made the day before. original source.
Prime Minister’s move to Downing Street
Asked what the limit was for the costs of refurbishing the flats at 10 Downing Street, the PMS said that there was a maintenance budget and that details were published when asked through Parliamentary Questions. Put that the answers would refer to previous financial years, and asked how much was available for the current refurbishment, the [...]
Asked whether the Prime Minister had placed a bet on Fantastic Sam, the PMS said he had not asked. original source.
Asked whether he thought the ID cards scheme could have been used to solve various problems in the future had it been completed, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that scrapping the scheme had been a longstanding commitment of the Government. The Government did not think it was effective and represented wasteful [...]
Capital Gains Tax
Asked if the Prime Minister would accept that there was a risk of taking less revenue if Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was set too high, the PMS said that he would not add to the comments that had already been made on CGT. The Prime Minister had set out the position this morning and people [...]
Asked what the thinking was behind cutting the summer recess, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had been committed for some time to reducing the size of the recess period and move away from having a holiday period of three months. Asked if that was a permanent change or was it a reflection of [...]
Asked whether the Prime Minister was prepared to accept changes to existing treaties, the PMS replied that the position was set out in the Coalition document, which was that the Government did not want to see treaty changes that would result in powers moving away from the UK to the European Union. Asked if treaties [...]
Asked about the announcement this morning, the PMS said that Iain Duncan-Smith had made a speech on the Government’s plans for welfare reform, including the Government’s objective to take a fresh look at the welfare system. Around a third of Government expenditure currently went towards social security and that needed to be reduced by getting [...]
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