Asked why the Prime Minister had changed his mind about paternity leave since 2006, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that it was a Coalition agreement, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise. We were consulting and would ensure that burdens on business were kept to a minimum. This reflected the fact that increasingly fathers […]
Put that there was Government hypocrisy in supporting a deal between BP and Rosneft, the PMS said that the first thing to point out was that this was a commercial deal between two companies. More generally, the Prime Minister had made the point that there would be differences of opinion on specific issues with Russia, […]
Asked if there had been any talks between the Prime Minister and Lord Strathclyde, and if the Government was confident that the deadline would be met, the PMS said that our intention was to meet that timetable. We were making parliamentary time available to ensure that that happened. There would be some late night sittings […]
Asked about the position of Andy Coulson regarding alleged phone hacking at the News of the World, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that he would not add anything further to what the Prime Minister had said on the subject this morning during his interview. original source.
Asked if there was going to be an announcement on fuel duty ahead of the Budget, the PMS said that the position had not changed: the Prime Minister had asked the Treasury to look at the issue, which they were actively doing. Any announcement would be made at the time of the Budget. original source.
Asked what the Prime Minister would say to people who accused him of rushing through the AV Bill for an artificial deadline, the PMS said that our position remained the same: these political reforms were a central part of the Coalition programme. There had been a lot of debate so far and there was more […]
Asked why changes to paternity pay wouldn’t take place until 2015, the PMS said that this was a long standing commitment and we wanted to consult with business on how best to proceed, so as to give them enough time to adjust to the changes. Asked when the changes would be introduced, the PMS said […]
Asked if there would be an announcement this week from the Government and the banks on bonuses, the PMS said that discussions between the Treasury and the banks were ongoing, and there would be an announcement once those discussions had concluded. original source.
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