Asked about the floods in Somerset, the PMS said the government was using its civil contingency mechanisms to provide as much assistance as it could to communities affected. The PM had said dredging would proceed as soon as it was safe to do so. original source.
Asked whether the PM had ruled out bringing down income tax below the 45p rate, the PMS said that the PM had answered on this point yesterday. original source.
Asked how concerned the government is that eavesdropping is made possible by apps, the PMS said it was a long standing precedent that the government does not comment on security matters. original source.
Asked if there was any comment on reports about engineers being called to the PM?s home during the recent floods, the PMS pointed to the statement reported in the media on Sunday. original source.
Asked if the PM agrees with the London Mayor that the top rate of tax should be reduced to 40p, the PMS reiterated the PM?s position on tax. original source.
Asked for the PM?s view on the Bank of England Governor?s plans to drop forward guidance, the PMS said that the PM and Chancellor had both spoken about this point that morning, and pointed people to those words. original source.
Asked if the PM shared concern that the Public Accounts Committee questions over taxes were deterring investors into the UK, the PMS said committees and how they carried out their business was a matter for them, government was focused on the economic conditions that encouraged investment into the UK. Asked whether the PM would encourage [...]
Asked whether it was possible to have an open border between Scotland and England if Scotland was independent, the PMS said the government wanted to see the UK stay together. An independent Scotland with different immigration policies, could result in border controls. original source.
Asked whether the PM would use Davos to outline Britain?s position on Europe, the PMS said that the PM?s approach to reforming the EU was well known and that he would continue to make the case for a more flexible and more competitive Europe. original source.
Asked about the ECJ?s ruling against the UK on short selling, the PMS said the government would consider the judgement and respond at a future date. original source.
Asked whether the PM was happy with the state of the Lobbying bill as it continued its passage through the House, the PMS said that the government had brought forward proposals which reflect and respond to points raised in the debate and ensure the objectives of the bill are fully seen through. original source.
Asked whether the PM agreed with the Conservative Party Chairman about the French economy, the PMS said that he believed that the central point Mr Schapps was making was a critique of Opposition policy and not for him to comment on. original source.
Asked for the PM?s response to Zara Tindall giving birth, the PMS said the PM passed on his many congratulations to the happy couple and Her Majesty the Queen. original source.
President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz
Asked whether the PM thought Martin Schulz was part of ?the system? of Europe, the PMS said Martin Schulz was President of an EU institution. original source.
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