Downing Street Says...

Every day the Prime Minister's Spokesman meets a small coterie of political journalists known as 'the lobby' for a topical chat, or 'briefing'.

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» Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Home Office inquiry

Asked when the terms of reference of the overarching inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations by public institutions would be announced, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said they would be published as soon as possible after the Home Secretary had discussed them with the chair of the Panel. Asked about why Baroness Butler-Sloss […]

Briefing took place at 13:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Afghanistan

Asked for the Prime Minister?s thoughts on Lord Richards? comments on news British troops would be pulling out of Afghanistan, the PMS said the Prime Minister had always been clear there would be a gradual process of drawing down rather than a ?cliff edge? approach when withdrawing from Afghanistan. Asked how long the Prime Minister […]

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Cabinet

Asked to clarify whether the business case for Universal Credit had been passed, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) pointed to the Nicky Morgan MP PQ answer to Stephen Timms MP, which stated there was a gradual roll-out process and the Treasury had approved funding for the programme in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The PMS added this […]

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Child abuse

Asked why the government had decided to announce a new review into child abuse allegations, the PMS said the Prime Minister was determined to get to the bottom of the many questions surrounding these allegations. The PMS explained that there would be 2 main elements. First, a review of the Home Office handling of information […]

Briefing took place at 14:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Extremism

Asked if there was any further update on tackling extremism or removing extremist content from the internet, the PMS said that the government continued to work with internet service providers and that removing extremist material was a part of tackling the problem. The PMS added that the government had banned 72 so-called hate preachers and […]

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Relations with President Putin

Asked about relations with President Putin, the PMS said that Britain had a straightforward relationship with Russia: where we disagree we said so directly. He added that the Prime Minister had been leading in bringing about international action – including sanctions – against Russia over Ukraine and Crimea. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, July 7, 2014

Home Office dossier review

Asked about whether the Home Office should publish the entire report into the department?s handling of information on child abuse allegations between 1979 to 1999, the PMS explained that his understanding was that the Executive Summary clearly reflected the findings. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Europe

Asked about whether a vote was likely for the presidency of the European Commission, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that a vote was likely to take place in the afternoon. He added that while the decision on whether to take a vote was for Van Rompuy both Angela Merkel and Francis Hollande were supportive […]

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Sport

Asked about the Prime Minister?s reaction to Andy Murray?s loss, the PMS noted that fans would be disappointed but they would look forward to watching Andy bounce back at the US Open. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, July 3, 2014

Private Members? Bill on aid spend

Asked a number of questions on whether the government would support the proposed Private Members? Bill on commitment to foreign aid spend, the PMS said that he would expect the government to take the same supportive position as it had with previous similar bills on the same issue. Asked whether there would be a government […]

Briefing took place at 12:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Creative industries reception

The Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) was asked a number of questions about the invite list, logistics and press arrangements for the creative industries reception at the Foreign Office and the dinner at Downing Street. The PMS explained that there would be around 600 guests at the reception from across film, music and theatre while the […]

Briefing took place at 12:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Civil partnership

Asked why civil partnerships for straight couples had been vetoed, the PMS responded that this was something that the government had consulted on and the government had taken the decision in line with the responses to the consultation. original source.

Briefing took place at 10:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Plain packaging for cigarettes

Asked whether plain packaging would be implemented ahead of the election, the PMS said that the government was committed to the implementation of this, we said we would publish the draft regulations and we had, and the right thing to do would be to go through the proper parliamentary process. original source.

Briefing took place at 10:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, June 27, 2014

Queen?s Speech

Asked for a response to accusations from the opposition that there was a ?Zombie Parliament? the PMS pointed to the words of the PM and DPM stating that this government was taking forward a bold pack of reforms. original source.

Briefing took place at 14:41 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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