Press briefing – afternoon 31 January 2013
Thursday 31 January 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Libya, Mali, defence spending and the EU
The PMS provided an update on the Prime Minister’s visit to Libya, where he has visited a police training college, met local people in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square and had bi-lateral meetings with the Libyan Prime Minister and President. The focus of the visit was to discuss security, and there has been an agreement for the [...]
Asked if Parliament should authorise the deployment of troops to Mali, the PMS underlined the point that British troops were being offered in a training role, not a combat role. Discussions about our offer were ongoing and no decisions had been made on numbers or duration.
Asked when the defence spending increase that the PM has expressed a desire to see would start, the PMS said that the PM, in his comments made in 2010, were very clear: he had said beyond 2015″. The PMS added that the PM’s comments were a matter of public record, and he does not [...]
Asked about the PM’s position on Britain and the EU. The PMS said that the Prime Minister set out his views on Britain’s relationship with the EU in great detail in his recent speech and referred journalists to it.
Press briefing – afternoon 30 January 2013
Wednesday 30 January 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the Scottish referendum, the defence budget and tax breaks for married couples
Asked to clarify what the PM had said to Angus Robertson MP at PMQs, the PMS said that the PM’s words would be published in Hansard the following day. Asked if the PM had sworn in PMQs when the microphone was cut off, she said absolutely not. With regards to the broader point of [...]
Asked about the MOD budget, the PMS said that the MOD now had an agreed budget, a balanced budget and it was the fourth largest defence budget in the world. Referring to reports earlier that day, she also pointed journalists to the commitment the PM had made to increase resources for Special Forces and that [...]
Tax breaks for married couples
Asked whether the PM was committed to introducing tax breaks for married couples, the PMS said that as set out in the Coalition Agreement, proposals to recognise marriage in the tax system would be brought forward this parliament and as also set out in the Coalition Agreement, provision would be made for the Liberal Democrats [...]
Press briefing – morning 30 January 2013
Wednesday 30 January 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Algeria, fuel prices and the defence budget
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