Press Briefing morning 31 October 2012
Wednesday 31 October 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the EU Budget, wind farms, Heseltine review and electoral boundaries
Answering question on the EU budget, the PMS said that our message had been consistent over the last two years. We had been asking for budget restraint at a time when all countries were having to make cuts.
Responding to questions on the Government’s policy on wind farms, the PMS said the Government was committed to supporting a balanced energy mix, we have provided subsidies to different forms of technologies in order to achieve that balance. We have kept these subsidies under review as the cost of these technologies change, we have reduced [...]
Answering questions on the Heseltine Review the PMS said that the review would be read widely as there were lots of significant recommendations. The Chancellor and the Business Secretary, had said that it would take time to consider the report properly. The central analysis of the review, that our economy had become unbalanced and focused [...]
Asked about the status of the electoral boundaries the PMS said that the Boundaries Commission are carrying out work which they will report back on in the autumn of 2013, after which there will be a vote in the House of Commons. Asked whether the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime had discussed this issue the [...]
Press briefing 30 October afternoon
Tuesday 30 October 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesman took questions on Hitachi, Hurricane Sandy, the EU Budget and Angela Merkel’s visit
Asked whether the Prime Minister had seen the Hessletine Review the PMS confirmed that he had.
Responding to a question on the Hitachi decision the PMS said that it was great news for the UK economy and UK energy security. Asked for the Deputy Prime Minister’s thoughts on the news the PMS pointed out Ed Davey’s comments setting out the merits of the investment noting that “Hitachi bring with them decades [...]
Asked what assistance we had sent the PMS said the UK was in close contact with colleagues in the United States on progress of the storm and its impact. We had deployed two consular officers from the US network to New York. New York Consul General now has four consular experts as well as other [...]
Answering questions on the EU budget, the PMS said that the European Scrutiny Committee debate was an opportunity for MPs to set out their thinking on the European Commission’s proposals for the next budget. Our position was very clear: at a time when the European Commission President himself had said that public finances must [...]
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