Press release

Number 10 Press Briefing - Afternoon From 12 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: education, counter terrorism and misc.

Education

Asked whether the Prime Minister had spoken to Michael Gove today, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister had spoken to him. Asked how long their meeting had lasted, the PMS replied that they saw each other regularly.

Put that Michael Gove was on the attack today compared to last week and did that have anything to do with something the Prime Minister had said, the PMS said that Mr Gove chose his own words.

Asked if there was any concern that the latest list of schools would have more errors in it, the PMS advised people to speak to the Department of Education; they believed the list was correct.

Counter Terrorism

Asked if there was a review on security measures being announced tomorrow, the PMS replied that the position in the Coalition agreement was that there would be a review of counter terrorism policy, but people should speak to the Home Office on timing and detail.

On whether this was part of the Home Office and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) structural reform plans, the PMS said he thought it would be covered in that.

Asked if the Government had already announced what it would do about pre-charge detention, the PMS said that structural reform plans were being published tomorrow, which would provide more detail on the timing of the work announced in the Coalition agreement.

Asked if there would be any announcement on changes of responsibility for the Home Office and MOJ tomorrow, the PMS advised people to wait for the announcement.

Misc

On whether the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister thought there was anything to learn from the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, the PMS said that he would not get into commenting on the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Asked if the Prime Minister intended to stay up late and vote on the Finance Bill, the PMS replied that he wasn’t aware of the Prime Minister’s voting intentions.