» Friday, January 28, 2011

Tax

Asked what the Prime Minister’s response was to the Mayor of London’s blueprint for lower taxes, the PMS said a number of tax priorities had been set out, such as increasing the personal allowance to 10,000. This would be prioritised over other tax cuts including inheritance tax. He added that the Prime Minister had said […]

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Iraq Inquiry

Asked whether No 10 believed that under the current Prime Minister, the Cabinet structure offered safe places’ to discuss war preparations, following comments by the Cabinet Secretary at the Iraq Inquiry, the PMS said that the National Security Council had been set up as the forum for the strategy on Afghanistan to be agreed and […]

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Sure Start

Asked whether the Prime Minister was concerned by the cuts to Sure Start children’s centres, the PMS said the money for the programme came from the Early Intervention Grant and that there was sufficient money in that grant to maintain a network of Sure Start centres. Local authorities also had duties under the Childcare Act […]

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» Thursday, January 27, 2011

Economy

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) outlined what the Prime Minister would cover in his speech at Davos the next day. Asked whether the Prime Minister still believed the UK was out of the economic danger zone, the PMS said he had been making a specific point about speculation in sovereign debt markets, and the importance […]

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Business

The PMS was asked whether the Prime Minister thought it was appropriate for the Business Secretary to joke about bankers. He replied that it was just that a joke. Asked what the Prime Minister’s reaction was to the union response that the new employment tribunal regulations were a sackers’ charter , the PMS replied that […]

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Fuel

Asked about the Chancellor’s comments on fuel duty and the Prime Minister’s view, the PMS answered that the Chancellor would make his decision in the Budget. original source.

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Phone Hacking

Asked for the Prime Minister’s view on the latest developments in the News of the World phone hacking story, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that he had not discussed it with the Prime Minister. Asked if the Prime Minister would be meeting with Rupert Murdoch tomorrow, the PMS said he would […]

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Weather

Asked if the relevant Cabinet Ministers had been put on alert in preparation for the possibility of more bad weather, the PMS said that there were contingency plans in place and they were updated on a regular basis. original source.

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AV Bill

Asked if there were any further updates on the Bill, the PMS replied that we were in a similar position to where we were yesterday. The PMS said that we were examining our options and discussions were taking place. original source.

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Gerry Adams

Asked about Gerry Adams resigning as an MP, the PMS replied that Gerry Adams had asked to resign. He had written to the Speaker setting out his intentions and the only method available for someone wanting to resign was to take up a position such as the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds. […]

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