Asked what rules there were on Ministerial gifts, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that for Ministers the threshold was 140, but for officials the amount was lower. On whether the gifts were owned by the State, the PMS said that he would send out the guidance. Asked to respond to the accusation that politicians […]
Asked about the US review of strategy, the PMS replied that people would need to wait until the President made his statement. On the process behind the announcement, the Prime Minister discussed the review with President Obama at the NATO Summit in Lisbon. The National Security Adviser, Peter Ricketts had also been in Washington recently, […]
Asked if the Prime Minister had encouraged the Defence Secretary to go to Sri Lanka, the PMS replied that the Defence Secretary was going in a private capacity. On whether the Prime Minister tried to discourage him, the PMS said that he had not. Asked if he accepted that there was a risk of confusion […]
On whether the Prime Minister thought it was fair that consumers would have to pay more for their electricity because of a policy that they had not been consulted on, the PMS replied that the announcement today was a consultation. We had ageing infrastructure in this country and it needed to be replaced. The proposals […]
Asked if the Government agreed with Bob Ainsworth’s comments, the PMS said that it did not. Asked why, the PMS replied that the Government thought drugs were harmful and it did not think legalising them was the answer to minimising that harm. original source.
Asked if the Government thought that the shake-up in the coastguard agencies would put lives at risk, the PMS referred people to what Philip Hammond had been saying today. original source.
Put that there was currently a two year quarantine period on people who worked for the MOD going to work for Defence companies and was Defence a special issue when it came to the revolving door’, the PMS said that people should speak to the Cabinet Office on the Business Appointments rules. These rules were […]
Put that IPSA issued a statement saying that it was trying to protect taxpayers money and not the interests of MPs, the PMS said that the House had expressed a view on that issue. original source.
Asked what the Prime Minister thought about IPSA having to improve the job it was doing, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister recognised that there had been a lot concerns from all parties about the way the system was operating at the present time. The PMS said that […]
Asked if the PMS was aware of an NAO report that would show that efficiency in the NHS had slowed every year for the last ten years and would the Government seek further efficiency savings in the light of that, the PMS replied that the reforms that we set out yesterday were there to ensure […]
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