News story

Number 10 Press Briefing - afternoon 7 July 2010

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Briefing by the Prime Minister's Spokesman on: the new transparency agenda, school buildings, PMQs and crime.

New Transparency Agenda

Asked to explain the Transparency Agenda, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that journalists should speak to the Cabinet Office.

School buildings

Asked whether the Prime Minister wanted Michael Gove to go to the House and apologise for the error on school buildings, the PMS replied that clearly a mistake had been made and that Michael Gove had apologised.

PMQs

Asked why the Prime Minister had stopped naming soldiers who had died during combat at the start of Prime Minister’s Questions, the PMS said that he hadn’t. On why he hadn’t done it today, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had done so yesterday.

Crime

Asked whether the Prime Minister stood by what he said about crime statistics, the PMS said that there was a long-standing debate about these figures. There had been a number of methodological changes over time and therefore there were different ways of interpreting them and different figures had been used.