Press Briefing afternoon 22 November 2012
Thursday 22 November 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the new BBC CEO, EU Budget, upcoming heads of state visits and prisoner voting
Answering questions on the appointment of the new BBC Chief Executive the PMS pointed to the statement made by Maria Miller welcoming the new Director General. Asked about the process for the appointment the PMS said it was a matter for the BBC Trust.
Asked about EU budget talks, the PMS said that the Prime Minister’s bilateral with the President of the European Council Herman Von Rompuy had taken place this morning and that the next thing on the agenda would be the dinner in the evening.
Heads of states visits
Asked whether there would be any words put out ahead of the visits of the Algerian and Tunisian presidents the PMS said that we had not decided the plan at this stage.
Answering questions on prisoner voting the PMS said that the Justice Secretary had set out what the process will be for the draft bill with various options and a joint committee from both Houses which would deliberate on the issues. People in Britain felt strongly about this issue and the Prime Minister has expressed his [...]
Press Briefing morning 22 November 2012
Thursday 22 November 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on gay marriage, secret courts, prisoner voting, women bishops, Leveson Inquiry and Nadine Dorries
Asked about to comment on media reports, the PMS declined to comment on them but said we had been clear that we would publish the Government’s response to the consultation before Christmas and we would set out then how we are going to proceed. The PMS recognised that this is an emotive issue and there [...]
Asked about amendments made by peers to the secret courts bill last night the PMS said the House of Lords had accepted that closed procedures were necessary for national security evidence to be heard. The Minister without Portfolio, Ken Clarke, would look carefully at the amendments and would make any modifications needed. If the Bill [...]
Asked about draft legislation on prisoner voting the PMS said she would not second guess what the Justice Secretary would be saying and journalists should wait for his statement at noon where he would set out our position having considered the Court’s ruling.
Asked about Frank Field’s Bill to change the Church’s exemption from sexual discrimination law the PMS referred journalists to the PM’s view on the issue of women bishops and said there were no plans to change the exemption, but this was a matter for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Asked about comments [...]
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