Morning press briefing from 21 November 2011
Monday 21 November 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: Turkish state visit, Syria, housing strategy, working time directive, autumn statement and benefits original source.
Turkish state visit
Asked if the Prime Minister would be meeting the Turkish President during his visit, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said it was a state visit and the Prime Minister would see him the next day. Asked if they would discuss Turkey’s integration into the EU, the PMS said further details would be provided after the [...]
Asked who the Syrian opposition delegation visiting London had met, the PMS said they had met Downing Street staff. He added they would be meeting the Foreign Secretary later that day. original source.
Asked for the Prime Minister’s reaction to comments by the Shadow Chancellor that the 400million announced in the Housing Strategy to restart staled construction projects was small beer compared to cuts in capital spending on housing, the PMS said the housing strategy was one part of what the Government was doing on housing. He [...]
Working time directive
Asked what the current position was in trying to reform the Working Time Directive (WTD) following talks the Prime Minister had with the German Chancellor, the PMS said the Government was expecting a report from Herman Von Rompuy to the European Council in early December that would set out options for improving the economic governance [...]
Asked if it was still the Government’s intention to pay off the structural deficit by 2014/15, the PMS said the fiscal mandate was unchanged and there would be an update in the autumn statement. Asked further questions on the fiscal mandate, the PMS said there was a rolling 5-year mandate for the deficit and an update [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had made a decision on the uprating of benefits, the PMS said there was a process in which a benefits uprating order was published, usually in early December, and suggested journalists wait for that. original source.
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