Press Briefing morning Monday 3 December 2012
Monday 3 December 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the Leveson recommendations, Israel, tax and Tibet The PMS confirmed there would be a Cabinet meeting tomorrow, as well as a short one on Wednesday morning where the Chancellor would brief colleagues on the Autumn Statement.
When questioned about the draft bill on implementing the Leveson recommendations, the PMS said the government was having cross party talks on the recommendations. As part of those talks, the government had agreed to draft the legislation envisaged by the inquiry’s recommendations. Asked about concerns expressed by the opposition on the drafting of legislation, the PMS [...]
Asked about the PM’s view on the recent announcement of Israeli settlement building, the PMS referred lobby to the statement from the Foreign Office. The FCO this morning summoned the Israeli Ambassador to London to meet with Alistair Burt. The PMS said that Mr Burt had set out our concerns. Responding to questions about whether the [...]
Asked about the criticism of Starbucks, the PMS said the issue was how we tackle tax avoidance and HMT had been setting out what the government intended to do. The PMS said that the government needed to make sure it was tackling aggressive tax avoidance and it was doing this in a number of ways, [...]
Asked if ministers were banned from meeting the Dalai Lama earlier this year, the PMS said no, they were not banned. The PM himself met the Dalai Lama in May this year. The PMS said that when it came to government contact with foreign dignitaries, we often coordinated our approach across government.
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