Structural reform plans
Asked about the structural reform plan updates, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that we had published structural reform plans for every department during the summer, setting out the main things those departments would do and by what time. Each department also committed to publishing monthly updates on progress. Asked if the plans were mainly […]
Strategic Defence and Security Review
Asked if the Prime Minister had any meetings planned this week related to the SDSR, the PMS said that the Prime Minister would have a number of meetings related to the SDSR. Asked if there was such a meeting planned tomorrow, the PMS said he assumed the meeting in question was the National Security Council, […]
Asked how many departments had settled their spending plans, the PMS said that the Treasury had confirmed at the end of last week that two Cabinet Ministers were joining the Public Expenditure Committee as they had become eligible to do so as a result of having provisionally settled their budgets. There was no update beyond […]
Asked if the Prime Minister had a view on giving some prisoners the right to vote, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that there were a number of court cases, including one currently being considered by the European Court of Human Rights. In considering this issue we would have to take into account what the […]
Asked if the Business Secretary, Vince Cable had been slapped down for saying that the government’s temporary cap on skilled migrants from outside the UK would be damaging for British businesses, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that this issue had come up during the recent visit to India, and the Prime Minister had said […]
Phone Hacking Allegations
Put that the former Deputy Prime Minister had said that he was considering seeking a judicial review into the alleged hacking of some MPs’ phones, the PMS said that the position remained as set out by the Home Secretary in the House; the right thing for the government to do was to allow the police […]
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled journalists that the Prime Minister spoke to President Barroso last night about the free trade agreement with Korea and that it had made progress over night, and that we were hopeful that a deal would be signed off today. The PMS also informed the assembled lobby that […]
Asked whether the Prime Minister supported delaying a decision on Trident until after the next election, the PMS said that the decision on Trident had already been taken and that the Coalition agreement set out the position that we would maintain the nuclear deterrent, but that we were examining the issue of value for money. […]
TV Licence Freeze
Asked for the Prime Minister’s reaction to the freeze in the TV licence fee, the PMS said that the Government welcomed the proposals and that there would be no increase in the licence fee on 1 April 2011, but that a decision about 2012/13 would be taken as part of the next funding settlement. original […]
Asked about the proposed trade agreement with Pakistan and whether the EU would look to enhance Pakistan’s trading relationship with the EU through tariffs with the country, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that it may be the case that we could do specific things for Pakistan which would benefit them in […]
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