Press briefing – afternoon 6 February 2013
Wednesday 6 February 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on benefits, the economy and Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
Asked whether the PM and Chancellor were going to look at the proposed change in benefits for those with spare rooms in social housing, the PMS said that the plans were exactly as the Government had set out. They were part of an important programme of welfare reform that the Government was pursuing.
Questioned about the PM’s thoughts on the economy and the peformance of the FTSE, the PMS said that the PM believed the Government was taking the right decisions and despite some disappointing figures, the unemployment statistics and deficit reduction pointed to a healing economy.
Mid Staffs NHS Trust
Asked whether the PM had confidence in Sir David Nicholson, the PMS said that the PM did. Sir David Nicholson was doing a very good job but there were wider lessons to learn from the Mid Staffordshire Trust across the NHS. The PM had pointed to the immediate action the Government was taking in reaction [...]
Press briefing – morning 6 February 2013
Wednesday 6 February 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the OECD survey, Libor and the EU Summit
Asked whether the Chancellor’s involvement with the publication of the OECD survey meant there would be good news, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said we should wait for the OECD to make their report.
Asked if the Government would make RBS pay Libor fines from their bonuses, the PMS said that the Prime Minister (PM) was clear that the fines should not be paid by taxpayers.
When asked, the PMS confirmed that there would be a separate background briefing for the lobby in the afternoon.
Asked whether the PM’s authority had been undermined, and if the PM was disappointed that so many MPs had opposed equal marriage, the PMS said it had been a free vote. Questioned whether the PM regretted not making his statement earlier in the day, the PMS said the PM’s views were well known, and they [...]
PM’s EU speech
Asked whether the PM welcomed the support of Marine Le Pen for his stance on the EU, the PMS said the PM had made his own views clear in his recent speech.
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