Press briefing afternoon 20 December 2012
Thursday 20 December 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Welfare, Banking Commission, Fiscal cliff and Christmas
Asked if the PM shared the view of the Work and Pensions Secretary that the Government should look at welfare cards’, the PMS said there were a range of options being discussed on welfare reform and referred lobby to DWP.
Asked if there was going to be a statement in response to the Banking Commission report, the PMS said that was a matter for HMT.
Asked if the Prime Minister had confidence in the plans for the fiscal cliff in the US, the PMS said there were clearly significant challenges affecting the global economy and the fiscal cliff was a matter for US legislators.
Asked what the Prime Minister was doing for Christmas, the PMS said the Prime Minister would be spending time with his family.
Press briefing morning 20 December 2012
Thursday 20 December 2012 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Andrew Mitchell and George Entwistle
Asked about the developments in the Andrew Mitchell investigation, the PMS said that it was important that the police to got to the bottom of it as quickly as possible. It was the PM’s clear view that reasonable inquiries were made by the Cabinet Secretary at the time. Andrew Mitchell’s request for CCTV footage was [...]
Questioned about George Entwistle’s payoff, the PMS said it was for the BBC to justify. As the Culture Secretary had said in the House, it was hard to justify the level of severance money.
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