In response to a question on whether anyone had been arrested at No.10 over the weekend the PMS responded that to his knowledge no-one had been arrested. original source.
Qatar World Cup
Asked whether the PM was concerned about World Cup construction site standards in Qatar, the PMS said FIFA were responsible for working with the Qatari authorities on these matters and it was right for them to consider raising concerns. original source.
Asked what the PM thought of legal aid reforms being postponed, the PMS said there was a process in place leading to a reform the government wanted to see. original source.
In reference to claims that a housing bubble was on the horizon, the PMS said that house prices were still below their pre-recession peak. He noted that that the Financial Policy Committee (FPC) had said the housing market did not pose a risk in the short term and that the government had put regulatory tools […]
/Nigel Farage debate on Europe
When asked whether he had an update on what the Prime Minster would be doing during the debate and who he wanted to win, the PMS responded that he didn?t make a habit of asking the Prime Minster what he did in his private time. The PMS said that the Prime Minister?s position on Europe […]
Asked whether the President of Tanzania would be in the UK shortly, the PMS said that the PM was expected to meet the President of Tanzania the following week. original source.
Books in prison
Asked whether the PM supported the Justice Secretary?s stance on prisoner access to books, the PMS said the Justice Secretary had the right approach. Prisoners would still have access to books in their cells. original source.
Asked about the missing Malaysian plane, the PMS said that the UK stood ready to offer any assistance to the Malaysian authorities and others involved in the investigation. Staff from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch had been working closely with Malaysian authorities for more than 10 days. original source.
Asked whether the PM thought not publishing immigration estimates had led to anti-immigration sentiment, the PMS said the PM did not agree. He said that given previous failings to effectively forecast immigration, the Migration Advisory Committee had said it was not sensible to forecast ahead of restriction changes on 1 January 2014. He added that […]
Missing Malaysian plane
Asked what help the UK government was providing to the search for the missing Malaysian airliner in addition to the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) the PMS said that discussions had taken place between the UK and Malaysian governments. The deployment of HMS Echo had resulted from those discussions. He said its exact role would […]
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