Downing Street Says...

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» Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Net migration

When asked about the government?s objective to get net migration below 100,000, the PMOS said this remained the objective towards which the Prime Minister and others were working to. He said the increase in recent periods from countries such as Spain and Portugal was linked to the economic performance in the Eurozone. On the question […]

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, November 17, 2014

Ebola

When asked about ongoing international efforts to tackle Ebola, the PMOS said the international community ? most recently at the G20 ? had come together to take action, including additional funding announced at the G20 meeting in Australia whilst adding that there was more that needed to be done. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Flooding

When asked about the UK?s preparedness for winter flood risks, the PMOS said the government was taking the right approach, noting the conclusion of dredging in the rivers Parrett and Tone, and the fact that repairs to flood defences were all on track and being completed on time. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Liaison Committee

When asked about the forthcoming appearance of the Prime Minister before the House of Commons Liaison Committee, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Committee was principally expected to ask the Prime Minister about issues related to devolution within the UK. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, November 12, 2014

European Arrest Warrant

When asked about the government motion to approve the Draft Criminal Justice and Data Protection (Protocol No. 36) Regulations, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the House of Commons would debate and vote on the entire package of 35 Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) measures, as outlined by the Home Secretary earlier in the […]

Briefing took place at 17:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Ebola COBR

When asked for a readout of the COBR meeting on Ebola, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the central objective of the meeting – chaired by the Prime Minister – was to hear the very latest about the situation in Sierra Leone, adding that the Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, International Development Secretary, Transport Secretary, […]

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Justice and Home Affairs vote

When asked about the government motion to approve the Draft Criminal Justice and Data Protection (Protocol No. 36) Regulations, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the House of Commons had debated and voted overwhelmingly in favour of the entire package of 35 Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) measures. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Private recordings

When asked about the Prime Minister?s view of recordings of conversations between MPs and prisoners, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister shared the view of the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. On the question of whether there would be an investigation, the PMOS said the Secretary of State […]

Briefing took place at 17:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Ecofin

When asked about this Friday?s Ecofin meeting, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was a scheduled Ecofin meeting about the annual budget for 2014 and 2015. The PMOS added that we would be working with other like minded countries to get the very best deal for taxpayers in terms of the sizes of […]

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

European Arrest Warrant

When asked about today?s vote, the PMOS said a commitment was made earlier this year that the government should vote on the package. original source.

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» Monday, November 10, 2014

EU budget

When asked if the Prime Minister would use the forthcoming Northern Future Forum to raise the issue of the recent EU budget revision, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister would. On the question of the budget revision itself, the PMOS said the Prime Minister?s position hadn?t changed with regard to the […]

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

Poppy display

When asked about the Tower of London?s remembrance installation, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had been hugely impressed by the poppy display, like millions of people across the country, adding that it had been a moving and powerful tribute. As to whether the installation should be extended beyond Remembrance Sunday, the PMOS said the […]

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Petrol prices

When asked about fuel prices, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the government fully expected these price drops to be passed on to consumers and that was why the Chancellor said he would be watching them very closely. original source.

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

European Union

When asked about payment to the European Union, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that Prime Minister?s position had not changed in relation to the unacceptability of the scale of the £1.7 billion bill. He added that the Prime Minister would be using the Northern Future Forum to raise this issue. original source.

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

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