Press Briefing morning 21 November 2012
Wednesday 21 November 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the EU budget, Energy Bill, borrowing figures, women bishops and prisoner voting
Answering questions on EU budget talks the PMS said that the Prime Minister spoke yesterday to President Van Rompuy, Enda Kenny and the Czech Prime Minister as we continued our work to find a deal on the EU Budget. Van Rompuy updated the Prime Minister on his discussions with other leaders and the Prime Minister [...]
Asked how the Government could make sure that consumers had lower energy prices the PMS said we were changing the law to make sure people got the lowest tariff and there was a regulator to ensure proper competition. Part of the reason the market was not working was because of the complexity of the market. [...]
Answering questions on the latest borrowing figures the PMS said the economy was healing but still faced many challenges. What the figures showed was that the Government’s spending plans remained on target. Receipts were slightly lower than forecast at budget reflecting the global economic situation and the downward revision we had seen to growth prospects [...]
Asked for the Prime Minister’s reaction on women bishops the PMS said his personal view was that there should be women bishops and he shared the disappointment of the Archbishop that the Synod was unable to agree how to take this forward. It was ultimately a matter for the church to decide but clearly he [...]
Answering questions on votes for prisoners the PMS said that The Prime Minister’s position on prison votes was very clear that prisoners should not be allowed to vote. The view of parliament was also clearly expressed earlier in the year. The Prime Minister’s view was that when you go to prison you lose certain rights [...]
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