» Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Education reforms

Asked about comments in the Times on education reforms, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was focused on the government?s long term economic plan ? of which education reforms and raising levels of attainment were an important part. original source.

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Tibet

Asked about the government?s stance on Tibet, the PMS said the government respects China?s sovereignty and that the position remained unchanged. original source.

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» Monday, June 16, 2014

Energy

Asked about the drop in wholesale prices and whether energy companies will pass on savings to customers, the PMS welcomed the fall in wholesale prices. These should be passed onto the customer. Concerns about how the market operates is why Ofgem is considering how the sector is referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). […]

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Passports

Asked about the numbers of passport applications in the backlog the PMS referred to the Prime Minister?s words in the House of Commons earlier. The government would continue to monitor the situation carefully. The PM had explained that just under 30,000 straightforward applications currently in the system had taken longer than the 3 week target. […]

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Iraq

Asked about whether the government would change its position on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan as a result of militants advancing in Iraq, the PMS said that the timetable of withdrawal had been set out and remained unchanged. When asked what support the UK was offering to Iraq the PMS said that the British government was […]

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European referendum

Asked about the Private Member?s Bill on a European referendum the PMS confirmed that the Prime Minister welcomed it. original source.

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» Friday, June 13, 2014

Europe

Asked about the European Commission?s intention to increase its budget, the PMS pointed out that this was an annual budget, which formed part of a 7 year spending period. And, as a result of negotiations led by the Prime Minister last year, the EU budget would fall in real terms over that period. Asked about […]

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Mortgages

Asked whether the government has a view on what the bank lending rate for mortgages should be, the PMS said that these were decisions for banks to make. He added that the Prime Minister?s view on the housing market was one of vigilance and it was right that the government had set up the Financial […]

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