Afternoon press briefing from 23 November 2011
Wednesday 30 November 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: pension strikes, fuel duty and land declaration original source.
Asked if there were any more contingency plans for the emergency services during the strike, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that there were contingency plans for all areas and that the Government would continue to work on them as it got a clearer idea of who would be on strike. Arrangements couldn’t be [...]
Asked if there were any practical steps being taken on fuel duty, the PMS directed the journalist to the Treasury for matters on tax and duty, adding that we had taken action at the time of budget and as a result petrol prices were 6p lower than they would otherwise be. original source.
Asked if the PM regretted not registering his land, the PMS said that there wasn’t, and isn’t, an interest to declare. He added that it was a public transaction, the PM paid the full market rate for the land, and he had sought assurances from the Head of Propriety and Ethics at the Cabinet [...]
Morning press briefing from 23 November 2011
Wednesday 23 November 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: Prime Minister’s land purchase, uncollected fines, public sector strikes, employment law and lobbying original source.
Prime Minister’s land purchase
Asked who in Government cleared the Prime Minister’s purchase of land from his neighbour Lord Chadlington, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said the Prime Minister handled the issue properly and in accordance with the ministerial code. He said the Prime Minister had sought assurances from the Government’s Head of Propriety and Ethics and the Principal [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that there were 2billion of uncollected fines and confiscation orders from criminals, the PMS said that clearly the Government wanted fines to be paid. He said the backlog went back over the last five years. The National Audit Office had recognised that there had been considerable improvements [...]
Public sector strikes
Asked if it was right that tax payers’ money was being used to try to stop public sector strikes by flying in staff from embassies overseas to man borders at ports and airports, the PMS said the Government was considering its contingency plans but would not be providing detail on those plans. The PMS said [...]
Asked if, like the Business Secretary, the Prime Minister was 50:50 on whether to scrap the laws on unfair dismissal, the PMS said the Business Secretary had set out the Government’s position. He said the Government was looking across the piece at what could be done on employment law and regulation. The objective was not [...]
Asked if the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change might have a case to answer about his partner using her contacts with ministers to try to get a lobbying job, the PMS said there was no question of a conflict of interest. The PMS said she had made it clear she would not [...]
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