» Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Strike action

Asked for the Government’s reaction to the latest strike announcement, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) said the Government wanted an open and constructive dialogue with unions. The Government was responding to Lord Hutton’s report on public sector pensions, which would remain among the very best. Freezing pay for wages over 21,000 had helped to preserve […]

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Benefits

Asked whether the PM accepted that 7000 people suffering from cancer will be affected by the change in benefits policy, the PMS said he did not recognise that figure but the Government needed to reform the system because the welfare budget had increased year-on-year, which was unfair to taxpayers, unaffordable and trapping people in a […]

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Prime Minister’s┬áDay

PMQs Prime Minister to meet with NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen in No10. This will be an opportunity to discuss NATO’s operations in Libya and Afghanistan, and NATO reform. Pooled pics and opening statements, 4.45pm. The Foreign Secretary will also meet the Secretary-General Working from Downing Street. original source.

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Other departmental business

The Foreign Secretary will also be meeting the NATO Secretary General, 1600 Chancellor to give the annual Mansion House speech Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley has given a speech at the Commissioning 2011 conference in London International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell will lay out how the Government will improve the way it responds to man-made and […]

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NATO

Asked what the Prime Minister would be looking to get out of the meeting with Secretary General Rasmussen, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the meeting would discuss the campaigns in Libya and Afghanistan. There was a decision expected shortly from the US on troop numbers in Afghanistan and the PMS […]

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Strikes

Put that Vince Cable had said last week that there were compelling reasons to change the strike laws, the PMS said that the position on strike laws had not changed; we would always keep it under review. The PMS added that what Vince Cable had said last week was that the level of public sector […]

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Sex offenders

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that it was right that sex offenders could apply to have their names removed from the sex offenders register, the PMS replied that on the issue of Europe and the Human Rights Act, there was a commission in place looking into the case for a British Bill of Rights. […]

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Olympics

Asked if the Prime Minister was happy that members of the Qadhafi regime had been invited to the Olympics, the PMS said that that was a decision for the IOC, not the UK Government. The PMS said that Qadhafi, his family and key members of that regime were subject to a travel ban and would […]

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Southern Cross

Asked about the Government’s ability to guarantee or underwrite Southern Cross to protect the people who might be affected by administration, the PMS replied that the position on that had not changed; our priority was to make sure that people in Southern Cross homes were looked after and their welfare was looked after properly and […]

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Miscellaneous

Asked about IMF subscriptions, the PMS advised people to speak to the Treasury on the details. Asked about Alistair Burt’s statement on Sri Lanka and whether the Prime Minister was aware of the documentary, the PMS said that he did not know but would check. original source.

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