» Tuesday, June 8, 2010


The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that there were a number of updates at Cabinet this morning; the Energy Secretary gave an update on the issue of offshore drilling and the plans to look at whether we needed to strengthen the current regime; and the Foreign Secretary gave an update on Gaza, and on his ongoing European tour.

Cabinet also discussed the announcement on spending today and the spending review process. The Treasury would be releasing a document this afternoon explaining the process of the spending review and how it would work. The Chancellor reiterated the fact that this was a big challenge for this Government and reminded Cabinet that the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) had made calculations about the previous Government’s plans, which suggested cuts over a four-year period of 15-20% in some departments. Given the scale of the challenge, it was important to go about this spending review differently to make sure it was genuinely collaborative and that we drew on expertise across the public sector and the private sector. The Government obviously had not chosen to be in a position where it had to deal with a deficit of 11%, but we would use the spending review to have a fundamental rethink about the way Government did things.

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