Press Briefing afternoon 19 November 2012
Monday 19 November 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the EU Budget, Property Tax, MPs Expenses, Libel Tourism
Answering questions on the EU budget the PMS said over the weekend the Prime Minister spoke to numerous European partners as part of constructive efforts to find a deal for the EU’s multi-annual budgetary cycle. He spoke to counterparts in Poland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The Deputy Prime Minister would also speak [...]
Responding to questions on property tax the PMS said tax was a matter for the Chancellor and we have been clear on our position on property tax. The Autumn Statement was a few weeks away but as a point of principle we have made clear that those with the broadest shoulders should bear the greatest [...]
Answering questions on MPs’ expenses the PMS said the Independent Parliament Standards Authority (IPSA) was set up to deal with MPs’ expenses and that it was for IPSA to look at individual issues raised by the public and media. One of the reasons the independent body was established, was to take the politics out [...]
Asked about the Mayor of London’s comments on libel tourism the PMS said she was not aware of the Mayor’s comments but we were not encouraging libel tourism on a point of principle.
Asked about when a draft bill on prisoner voting would be published the PMS said the situation now was that the Government was deciding how best to proceed following the judgements from the European Court of Human Rights and that we would make an announcement before the 23rd of November. Our general position has not [...]
Press Briefing morning 19 November 2012
Monday 19 November 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the EU Budget, the Leveson Inquiry report, Ministerial Code and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
Questioned about the PM’s calls with European leaders over the weekend and his approach to the upcoming European Union Budget negotiations, the PMS said that the PM was looking for the right deal for the UK taxpayer. The PM’s position had been made clear; at best he was looking for a cut in the budget, [...]
Asked about the Leveson Inquiry report, the PMS said the timing had not been made clear yet, but journalists should await the report before questioning the Government on next steps.
Setting out the Government’s position on ministers voting with the Government, the PMS said that there was a ministerial code and the PM expected Government ministers to adhere to it. Whether a minister had broken the code was ultimately a matter for the PM.
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