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?

» Friday, March 6, 2015

TV debates

When asked about the TV debates, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister?s Director of Communications had set out the Prime Minister?s position in his letter to the broadcasters. original source.

Briefing took place at 9:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ukraine

When asked about the upcoming discussion between the Prime Minister and Presidents Obama, Hollande, and Tusk and Chancellor Merkel, and Prime Minister Renzi, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the focus would be on Ukraine, with discussions on ensuring the implementation of the Minsk agreements and how the international community could support President […]

Briefing took place at 11:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

North Sea

When asked about the government?s position regarding the purchase of North Sea Oil assets, the PMOS said that there was a specific legal procedure and the government had made clear its view. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, February 26, 2015

Parliamentary language

When asked about the conduct of MPs in the House, the PMOS said that there were long-standing rules about parliamentary language and that the Speaker monitored this. original source.

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

Defence spending

When asked about defence spending, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) reiterated that the UK does meet the 2% target. He highlighted the 10-year investment of over £150 billion for defence equipment, and when asked about spending from 2016 he added that it would be for a future spending review to set budgets for 2016-17 […]

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

» Monday, February 23, 2015

MPs? outside interests

When asked about MPs? outside interests, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) reiterated the Prime Minister?s comments that he did not view a Chamber full of professional politicians with no outside experience as a good thing. He said the Prime Minister had also said that there needed to be proper rules around transparency and disclosure. […]

Briefing took place at 16:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, February 12, 2015

HSBC

When asked about alleged wrongdoing by HSBC, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said it was important to make the distinction between alleged activities of clients and alleged activities by HSBC and its employees. He said that the government had toughened up penalties, introducing a penalty of 200% of the sum that had been the […]

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

Ukraine

When asked about the Prime Minister?s reaction to the announcement from Minsk of a ceasefire, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the UK wanted to see an end to the conflict, and that there would be an opportunity for the Prime Minister to discuss the situation with President Poroshenko and the French and […]

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

» Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Traffic regulations

When asked about European traffic regulations, the PMOS said it was right that the authorities in the UK could make a prosecution – should they choose to do so – where a motorist from an EU country committed an offence in the UK. He said that a principle of reciprocity applied, and that individual countries […]

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Ukraine crisis

When asked about the imposition of sanctions on Russian individuals, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that names of those subject to sanctions would be published in the official journal when the measure came into force. He said that there would be an opportunity on Wednesday for Russia, during Normandy format discussions in Minsk, […]

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, January 16, 2015

Tax Cuts for North Sea Oil

When asked whether the PM was sympathetic to calls to cut corporation tax to help North Sea oil, PMOS pointed to the Chancellor?s interviews yesterday where he said the government understood the pressures being faced by the sector given recent changes in the oil price, and that the government had already taken action through a […]

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

LGBT School

When asked about the PM?s view on the prospect of a LGBT school in the north west, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson said (PMOS) said that the Department for Education had not received an application and that it was not clear at this stage what was being proposed. original source.

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, January 9, 2015

MI5

When asked whether the PM agreed with the MI5 Director-General that more powers are needed for agencies to access communications data, PMOS said that the PM?s view was that it was vital the government did all it could to support the police and agencies to tackle the increased threat from terrorism and to make sure […]

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Hinchingbrooke

When asked about the PM?s reaction to Circle pulling out of Hinchingbrooke hospital, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the PM was disappointed but the priority and focus now was that patient care was not affected while the Trust Development Authority (TDA) transferred the running of the trust. original source.

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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