Afternoon press briefing for 14 September 2011
Wednesday 14 September 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: private sector jobs, pension reform, planning, the Eurozone. original source.
Private sector jobs
Asked to clarify the source of private sector jobs statistics used by the Prime Minister in PMQs, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) said the figures came from ONS data and the Prime Minister was comparing Q1 2010 with Q2 2011. The PMS explained to the assembled media that using Q1 as a baseline was a [...]
Asked for a response to strike action planned for 30th November, the PMS said that it was clearly disappointing that unions were calling for industrial action. The PMS stated that a large number of meetings had taken place and would continue to take place, and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to pursuing a constructive dialogue with [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister’s choice of language in PMQs indicated a change in planning reform, the PMS said that was not the case and that the Prime Minister was confirming that the new plans would continue to protect the Green Belt. Put that the National Trust were seeking assurances, the PMS said the government consultation [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with President Obama’s comments when he said that it was time to show leadership in the Eurozone, the PMS said countries who had problems with debt should deal with those problems and stick to their plans. The PMS said that France, Germany and Greece were holding discussions today about [...]
Morning press briefing for 14 September 2011
Wednesday 14 September 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: unemployment figures, Afghanistan, strikes, the Eurozone. original source.
Asked whether the Prime Minister was disappointed by the unemployment figures that morning, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) said that clearly the figures were disappointing and they underlined the scale of the economic challenge we faced, particularly given the slow growth in Europe and North America. original source.
Asked about events in Afghanistan and the schedule for troop withdrawal, the PMS said there was absolutely no change to the policy. original source.
Asked whether the Prime Minister was disappointed by the announcement on strike ballots, the PMS said that the Government’s view was that the best way forward was to continue with talks and that we had always been very clear that we should try to have a constructive dialogue with the unions. He added that clearly [...]
Deputy Prime Minister’s speech
Asked about the Deputy Prime Minister’s plans for growth and whether there was a case to bring forward any infrastructure projects or spend more on projects to get the economy going, the PMS said that the Government was going to stick to its spending plans and that you only had to look at other countries [...]
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