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'.

Downing Street Says... is an unofficial site that lets you read summaries of these briefings and add your own comments. Want to know more?

» Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NHS reform

When asked about the government?s reforms of the NHS, the PMOS said the government had the right approach which had generated net savings of a billion pounds a year across this parliament, including 19,000 fewer administrators in the NHS, and putting clinicians and clinical experts at the centre of decision-making. original source.

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

Devolution

When asked about the status of the Scotland Command Paper published today, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was a government paper which outlined the proposals of the 3 principal political parties. On the timetable for these proposals, the PMOS highlighted 3 key dates, namely: * the publishing of a command paper by […]

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

» Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ISIL

When asked about the possibility of the UK sending combat troops to Iraq, the PMOS said the Prime Minister?s position hadn?t changed. With regard to the forthcoming UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on foreign fighters, the PMOS said the UNSC would seek to foster support for measures that countries around the world – cooperating particularly […]

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

» Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ISIL

When asked about this morning?s summit in Paris to discuss the threat of ISIL, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister was being constantly updated on the ongoing process of diplomatic engagement to best support those on the ground fighting ISIL, rather than ?intervening over their heads?, as the Prime Minister has […]

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

» Monday, September 15, 2014

Climate

When asked if the PM would be attending the Climate Change Summit in New York at the time of the UN General Assembly, the PMOS said the PM and other world leaders would be taking the opportunity of this meeting to underline the importance of reaching an agreement at the Paris conference in 2015. original […]

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

Scotland

Asked whether the Prime Minister (PM) would be speaking to ordinary members of the public in Scotland today and whether he had any reservations about the visit, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said this visit would be the PM?s ninth to Scotland this year and he would be visiting again next week. He said […]

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

Middle East

When asked if reports that the UK wanted permanent military bases in the Gulf were correct, the PMOS said these plans were not new and that they were part of planning for the draw down of troops from Afghanistan. He said the UK currently had military facilities in the region, working with partner states there, […]

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

Scotland

When asked if the government had any contingency plans for a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government has no contingency plans. When asked about the Prime Minister?s future visits to Scotland before the referendum, the PMOS said the Prime Minister was planning another visit. original source.

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

Scottish referendum

Asked about proposals for further devolution in Scotland the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the government?s focus is on the choice being put to the people of Scotland; the latest proposals on fiscal devolution builds on previous discussions and are in line with commissions and policies such as silk and local mayors. original source.

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

ISIL

When asked about the Foreign Secretary?s earlier comments on air strikes in Syria, the Prime Minister?s spokesperson (PMS) said the point was made in reference to Parliament?s decision last year on air strikes against the Assad regime. The PMS explained that with regard to ISIL, we had a group that operated beyond recognised borders and […]

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

ISIL

When asked whether the PM had spoken to Philip Hammond regarding his comments about airstrikes on ISIL, the PMOS said the PM talks to all his Cabinet colleagues on a regular basis and will continue to do so. When asked whether the PM would be asking for Bashar al-Assad?s permission before conducting any potential airstrikes […]

Briefing took place at 12:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Scotland

When asked whether the PM had spoken to business leaders encouraging them to speak out regarding the Scottish referendum and whether he thought businesses should do so, the PMOS said the PM had made no particular secret ? and had referred to it in speeches ? of his view regarding voices across the UK setting […]

Briefing took place at 12:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Home Secretary?s speech

When asked if the Home Secretary?s visa speech was related to China, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it did touch upon this area. He said the speech would outline how we are seeking to improve the processing of visa applications from overseas visitors, including those from China. He also said that the speech […]

Briefing took place at 12:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scotland

When asked about the raising of the Saltire above Downing Street, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said there is nothing more important than the future of the UK and Scotland in the coming days, and reiterated the Prime Minister?s clear message to Scotland ? ?we want you to stay?. On the forthcoming visit of […]

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

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