Office for Budget Responsibility
Asked where the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was based, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that he believed it had office space in the Treasury building. When questioned if the OBR was guarded about its independence, the PMS said that this was a question for them, but it was an independent body. Asked [...]
When asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Michael Howard’s previous speech where he said that there was a link between the number of prison places and the number of crimes committed, the PMS replied that Justice Secretary’s speech that morning had set out the Government’s position. original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister had a view on the levies the European Parliament was planning to introduce on bankers’ bonuses, the PMS said he had not seen details of the proposals, but people should speak to the Treasury. original source.
When it was suggested that it was Deputy Prime Minister’s decision to make previously secret Iraq documents publicly available that day, the PMS responded that it was the Cabinet Secretary’s decision and that he had clearly set out his reasons for this decision in an open letter. original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister shared the Defence Secretary’s concerns about prematurely withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had been very clear on his position. The Prime Minister had made a statement to the House where he had said that there was an established strategy, that we were six months [...]
Asked about the leaked Treasury document which said there could be up to 1.3million jobs lost over the next five years due to planned spending cuts, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the Treasury had put out a statement pointing to the Office of Budget Responsibility’s forecast, which showed that unemployment would fall in [...]
Prisons / Sentencing
Asked if the Prime Minister thought that burglars should be sent to jail, the PMS said that there was a review into sentencing underway, which was announced in the coalition document, and we should wait to see the conclusion of that review. The Prime Minister said yesterday that the justice system was there for the [...]
Asked if there was anything further to say about an inquiry into whether Britain was complicit in torturing detainees, the PMS said that this was dealt with yesterday and there was nothing further to add. original source.
Asked about the reports of a Judge-led torture inquiry, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that as the Foreign Secretary had made clear on this issue, the ongoing allegations of complicity in torture were indeed important questions that the Government would make announcements on in due course. Put that the Foreign Secretary had [...]
Asked for a comment on police cuts, the PMS referred people back to what the Home Secretary said this morning and what the Prime Minister had previously said on the issue. Put that it was for individual police authorities to distribute the budgets they had been given, the PMS said that this was the case. It [...]
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