Afternoon press briefing for 7 September 2011
Wednesday 7 September 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: Europe, PMQs, Planning, Tax. original source.
The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) began by informing the assembled members of the press that the Prime Minister (PM) had discussed various issues with the European President Herman van Rompuy, including the European economy, the review of European neighbourhood policy, stabilisation in Libya and the EU’s response to Arab Spring. Asked if the PM and President [...]
Asked if the PM meant any offence to Nadine Dorries in his reply to her questions in PMQs, the PMS replied that he had not. original source.
Asked if the planning amendments were for the benefit of the economy or the environment, the PMS replied that the reason the Government was reforming the planning system was that it was out dated, was far too time consuming and – in certain areas – was holding back economic development. Asked if the PM had plans [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister’s position on the 50p tax cut, the PMS said that the Chancellor had made clear this was a temporary tax. Tax decisions were for the Chancellor. original source.
Morning press briefing for 7 September 2011
Wednesday 7 September 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: President of the European Council, MP Dinner, Economy, 50p Tax Rate. original source.
President of the European Council
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the European Council President and his plan to seek a United States of Europe, the PMS said the Prime Minister answered many questions on the European Union yesterday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to look ahead to the Autumn and the European Council in October. [...]
Asked if one of the Government’s MPs would be hosting a dinner paid for by the Syrian dictator’s nephew, the PMS said there was no member of the Government involved in this dinner. original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister was confident that his economic plan was working, the PMS said the Chancellor set out our position last night in a long speech on the economy. Asked again if the Prime Minister believed that there was no reason to think again about stimulating the economy, the PMS said that the [...]
50p Tax Rate
Asked if it was still the Government’s policy to abolish the 50p rate, the PMS said the policy was, as set out by the Chancellor at the time of the Budget. The 50p rate was a temporary measure. The Chancellor had asked HM Revenue & Customs to conduct some analysis on the amount [...]
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