Press briefing 27 November 2012 afternoon
Tuesday 27 November 2012 HS2 and the Palestinian state were discussed at this press briefing
Asked whether HS2 was discussed at Cabinet, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) said that it had been referred to in wider discussions on infrastructure.
Responding to a question about France calling for recognition of the Palestinian state, the PMS said that there was nothing further to add to what the PM had said in PMQs last Wednesday. [...]
Press Briefing morning Tuesday 27 November 2012
Tuesday 27 November 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) answered questions on Leveson, flooding, the NHS, National Security Council, the Work Programme, Cabinet and growth implementation.
The PMS gave a brief summary of what was discussed at Cabinet. Departments were challenged on progress so far on structural reforms and growth implementation. There was also an update on floods from Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. The Prime Minister will visit flood hit areas today.
When questioned on which departments were challenged during Cabinet, the PMS made clear these issues relate to all departments. The Prime Minister had said that he wants to see every department prioritising growth. The PMS said there were some areas where things were progressing well and others where the Government was doing new things that [...]
Responding to a question about whether there will be a vote on the Leveson report on Monday, the PMS said there would be a debate. He also confirmed that some members of the Government would get an advanced copy of the report.
The PMS confirmed that discussions with the insurance industry were ongoing. When asked if the PM was concerned about the adequacy of flood defences, the PMS said a lot had been done to improve flood defences since 2007. He said the Government was investing considerable amounts over the next few years to ensure homes were protected [...]
When asked if illegal immigrants should get access to NHS care, the PMS said that people were entitled to certain access to GPs, but there had been no change in approach since 1948. He said that the NHS had clarified the guidance so all GPs were approaching the issue in the same way.
When challenged on the Work Programme (WP) statistics released this morning, the PMS said it was important to recognise that this was only the first phase of the programme. He said the WP was proving successful in getting people off benefits. When challenged whether the WP was actually getting people into work, the PMS cautioned against [...]
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