Asked if the government was looking at all options to deport Abu Qatada, including temporarily leaving the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), the PMS said the Prime Minister had been very clear that all options to deport this dangerous man should be considered. He reminded journalists that the Home Secretary had set out a […]
Asked if the PM would support the funding of a memorial to those service personnel that had died in Afghanistan, the PMOS said he hadn?t seen the Opposition?s proposals and so could not comment on the specifics. He said that the PM has made it very clear of his admiration for the incredible work and […]
Press briefing – afternoon 25 April 2013
Friday 26 April 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesman answered questions on Lady Thatcher’s funeral costs, Leveson and Afghanistan.
The Prime Ministers Spokesman (PMS) provided an update on the costs of Lady Thatcher’s funeral. He told journalists that the estimated cost of the funeral to the public purse was 1.6 million. Of this, around 500,000 related to ceremonial costs, (including costs associated with the service at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Mansion House reception, and […]
Asked how the Prime Minister would respond to the alternative Royal Charter put forward by the newspaper industry, the PMS said that the Privy Council Office would need to look at the proposal. He said he was not aware of any changes to the timetable for the Government’s Royal Charter going to the Privy Council.
Asked whether the Prime Minister would support the funding of a memorial to service personnel that had died in Afghanistan, the PMS said that he had not seen the Opposition’s proposals and so could not comment on the specifics. He said that the Prime Minister had made very clear his admiration for the incredible work, […]
Press briefing – morning 25 April 2013
Thursday 25 April 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the economy, Communications Data Bill, appointment of Jo Johnson and Abu Qatada
Asked about gross domestic product (GDP) figures published this morning, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) reiterated what the Chancellor had said: that today’s figures are an encouraging sign the economy is healing. Asked a follow up question on whether the Prime Minister was concerned about the construction industry, the PMS said there remained a tough […]
Asked about the Communications Data Bill, the PMS said it was important that the police and security services were able to respond to the scale of technological changes. He said discussions were ongoing in Government on how best to respond to those technological challenges. The Prime Minister understood there were sensitive issues around this area […]
Asked about Jo Johnson’s new role as head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, the PMS confirmed Jo Johnson had been appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, in addition to his role as an Assistant Government Whip. Responding a follow up question regarding salary, the PMS said Mr Johnson would retain his […]
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