Press briefing – morning 2 April
Wednesday 3 April 2013 The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on welfare, Europe, toll roads, the civil service and Scotland. The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on welfare, Europe, toll roads, the civil service and Scotland.
Asked whether the PM thought he could live on 53 per week, the PMS said that the PM believed the benefit levels were fair. Welfare reform was ensuring work paid and unemployed people were supported back into work. Benefits were designed to support people back into work and were not for the long term. Asked […]
Questioned about the Balance of Competencies Review and Eurozone unemployment, the PMS said that the review had always intended to be a transparent process and the Government had invited other EU member states to contribute. The Government understood that some other states saw it as a domestic review. On unemployment, the PMS said that Eurozone […]
Asked whether the PM believed there should be a tolled relief road on the M4 in Newport, the PMS said that good infrastructure was vital for the UK economy, but road tolling in Wales was a devolved matter for the Welsh Assembly. The Government had a policy not to toll existing roads in England. Any […]
Asked whether the PM believed civil service terms and conditions were too soft, the PMS said that the PM thought that while the civil service do a good job there was need for reform. It was important that the civil service reduced in size and became more flexible, as well as improving project management and […]
Asked about Scotland’s independence referendum, the PMS said that the PM believed it was important for people in Scotland to lead the debate. It remained the PM’s view that Scotland and the wider UK were better off with Scotland remaining in the UK.
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