Press briefing afternoon 15 October 2012
Monday 15 October 2012 Europe, boundary changes, committees, Andrew Mitchell were discussed at this press briefing
Press briefing 15 October 2012
Monday 15 October 2012 EU Justice Opt out, Malala Yousafzai, Scotland, Andrew mitchell, Uk in EU were discussed at this press briefing
The PMS answered questions on European integration, and said that attempts to resolve the Eurozone crisis were welcome and the PM has said that further integration between countries in the Eurozone was inevitable.
EU Justice Opt out
The PMS detailed the main Government business for the day, before answering queries about the Government opting out of the proposed EU Justice powers. The PMS said that journalists should await the Home Secretary’s statement on the issue, where she would set out the Government’s position.
Addressing questions about proposed boundary changes, the PMS said that the policy was in the Coalition Agreement and the vote would go ahead. Changes would bring about savings of 14m per year.
Detailing the circumstances around the provision of care for Malala Yousafzai, the PMS said that the UK had offered its help in the form of specialist care and the Pakistani Government had accepted the offer. She would receive care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the Pakistani Government would be paying all costs [...]
When questioned over the PM’s thoughts towards the work of the committee on standards in public life and the committee for public appointments, the PMS said that it was not for Government to comment on the existence of Parliamentary committees.
When addressing questions around the Scottish referendum, the PMS said that Scotland was facing its most important questions for many years, which would have irreversible consequences. The PM had been asked to deliver a referendum and had agreed with the Scottish Government that there should be a single question, it would take place before the [...]
Setting out the PM’s position in response to queries about police morale after the incident involving Andrew Mitchell, the PMS said that the PM’s position had been very clear. He believed what Andrew Mitchell did was wrong. Andrew Mitchell had apologised and his apology had been accepted by the police officer in question.
Answering questions on Andrew Mitchell’s discussions with West Midlands Police Federation, the PMS said that the PM had made his position clear at the time of the incident. Andrew Mitchell had apologised to the police officer in question and the apology had been accepted. This was an isolated incident and had been dealt with by [...]
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