Asked what direction the AV Bill was heading in, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that he was not able to say much ahead of the debate, which had just started. We would see how that went and take stock this afternoon/evening. Asked what the Government’s thoughts was on how to assuage those who had [...]
Put that the Prime Minister had said this morning that there was a long list of organisations within the NHS that supported his reforms, the PMS said that the point the Prime Minister had been making was that there was a debate going on, which was what you would expect when changes to the NHS [...]
Put that a council leader in Blackpool had said that the Government was letting down poorer areas, the PMS said that he did not know about the specific case of Blackpool, but made the point that we needed to tackle the deficit which required us to find money from central and local government. We [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister’s assessment was of what had been happening over the last few hours, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister had set out the latest position this morning. We wanted to see a process of political reform with an orderly transition to a government that [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister was still confident of getting the Bill through in time, the PMS said there was not a great deal to add on what we had already said on this. The PMS said no doubt there would be discussions during the course of today and this evening and he did not [...]
Put that the CBI’s new chief had said this morning that the Act was not fit for purpose and was it the case that the Government was looking at it again, the PMS replied that we were looking again at this issue. We had listened to the concerns of business about the regulatory burden imposed [...]
Put that the Prime Minister had said this morning that his own brother-in-law thought that hospitals would be disadvantaged by the new proposals, the PMS replied that we were conscious that we had a job to do in explaining these reforms, which was what the Prime Minister had been doing this morning. The PMS said that [...]
Asked if Andy Coulson was still at No10, the PMS said that he was. original source.
Asked whether the Government will support an amendment to be laid on Monday by cross-bench peers, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said there was nothing to add to what had already been said on the issue. original source.
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Asked whether Britain was making a specific commitment to the Gates Foundation, the PMS said the money was being allocated from the budget of the Department for International Development. Asked whether the specific plan for EU growth that the Prime Minister had outlined in his speech that morning would involve cutting business regulations to free up [...]
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