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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» Thursday, March 27, 2014

Housing

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 […]

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» Wednesday, March 26, 2014

/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 […]

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Tanzania

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.

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» Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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.

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» Monday, March 24, 2014

Missing plane

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.

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» Friday, March 21, 2014

Immigration

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 […]

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» Thursday, March 20, 2014

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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» Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ukraine

Asked about the next steps in sanctions against Russia the PMS said that further escalation from Russia would trigger further measures from the EU. He said that preparations for phase 3 measures were underway but there was still opportunity for de-escalation. He said that work on an economic partnership with the Ukraine remained active and […]

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» Monday, March 17, 2014

Prime Minister?s diet

Asked whether the Prime Minister was on a dairy-free diet, the PMS said that, like many people, the Prime Minister kept an eye on what he ate, but wasn?t too strict about it. original source.

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NHS

Asked about NHS managers being rehired following redundancies, the PMS said that government reforms to cap pay-outs and claw back payments if an individual returns to work within a year of being made redundant were underway. Since 2010 there were 21,000 fewer administrative posts in the NHS. original source.

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» Friday, March 14, 2014

Scotland

Asked about whether on his trip to Scotland the Prime Minister would ask the Scottish government to repay the money paid for the Health Service Award, the PMS said that it was for the First Minister to explain why he was not making savings that can be re-invested in front line services. original source.

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» Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ukraine

Asked whether he expected a deal to be reached on Ukraine, the PMS said that it was right for the UK to continue engagement with the Russian government and to reiterate the importance of de-escalation. original source.

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» Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lockerbie

Responding to reports that Iran may have been involved in the Lockerbie bombing rather than Libya, the PMS said that the police investigation into the bombing was ongoing. original source.

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» Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ukraine

Asked about sanctions against Russia, the PMS said the government wanted to see de-escalation and dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. There was a meeting between international partners later that afternoon regarding sanctions. As had been set out by US officials, it could be expected that the focus of sanctions would be on Russian officials who […]

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