Press Briefing afternoon 10 December 2012
Monday 10 December 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the PM’s day, Nobel Peace Prize, Equal marriage, television debates and EU membership
Prime Minister’s day
Asked if there would be an update to the Prime Minister’s day, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said there was not. Nobel Peace Prize Asked if the Prime Minister was disappointed not to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the PMS said that the Deputy Prime Minister would represent the UK.
Asked if there was a date for an equal marriage bill, the PMS replied that it was expected tomorrow and advised the assembled media to listen to the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport’s statement to the House of Commons. Asked if the consultation would be published tomorrow, the PMS said it would [...]
Asked what the Prime Minister had meant by his comments on television debates, the PMS pointed out that it would not be for him to comment on elections. The PMS suggested that the point the Prime Minister had made was that a fixed term parliament meant the time campaigning before an election could be longer. [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister had proposed a three tier membership of the EU, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had described the situation as it is. Asked if the UK could create its own tier, the PMS said the Prime Minister had proposed that the UK seek a better deal and put it [...]
Press briefing morning 10 December 2012
Monday 10 December 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on gay marriage, the Finucane Inquiry and GM foods
Questioned about the PM’s position on gay marriage, the PMS said that it was clearly an issue where people have well established views. The PM was a supporter of marriage and believed that gay people should not be excluded from marriage. The Government was to set out proposals in the coming days, but the PM [...]
Asked about the PM’s role in the Finucane Inquiry, the PMS said that the PM had met with the family and had taken a close interest. There would be a statement from the Government later in the week.
Setting out the Government’s position on GM foods, the PMS said that provided it is used safely and responsibly it could be a useful way to address food shortages. There was a scientific regulatory environment that should be respected across Europe, that the Commission was looking at ways to make regulation more efficient and effective, [...]
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