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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 around Europe to see what happened if you didn’t stick to your fiscal plans.

The PMS explained that the Deputy Prime Minister was saying that we needed to stick to those fiscal plans and maintain fiscal credibility, but equally it was important to deliver what we had said on infrastructure.

Asked whether the Prime Minister agreed with the Deputy Prime Minister regarding criticism of Whitehall machinery and did he see that as a problem, the PMS said that there were certain blockages in the system and we needed to keep up the pressure to make sure we delivered our plans. He added that often these were large and complex infrastructure projects. There was quite a lot of process around those kinds of projects and that could often result in delays.

Asked about the Deputy Prime Minister’s comments stating that now was not the time to ask whether we could renegotiate Britain’s relations with the EU through treaties but to complete the single markets, the PMS replied that this was Government policy. We were taking every opportunity to push for further progress on completing the single market.

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