Press release

Number 10 Press Briefing - Morning For 14 October 2011

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

From the Prime Minister's spokesperson on: Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin and G20.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox

Asked if the Prime Minister wanted to see a swift conclusion to the investigation into the Defence Secretary’s contact with Adam Werrity, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said he wanted it to be concluded as soon as possible but it needed to be done thoroughly. Asked several questions on the remit of the investigators and the conclusions it would draw, the PMS said all outstanding issues would be addressed, that the report would be delivered in due course but that a running commetary on the investigation would not be provided. Asked if the terms of reference of the investigation would be published, the PMS said there had been questions raised about the role of Mr Werrity and it was important to establish the full facts and see if the Ministerial Code had been broken. Asked a number of questions relating to whether the Prime Minister had full confidence in the Defence Secretary, the PMS said that he had full confidence in him.

Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin

Asked several questions about whether the Cabinet Office had established that there had been no breach of security when the Cabinet Minister disposed of documents in a park, the PMS said it was understood no classified documents had been disposed of and that the Cabinet Office were looking into the matter.


Asked if there would be any actions taken following the G20 meeting, the PMS said that the Chancellor of the Exchequer would push for a comprehensive package of measures to be in place as soon as possible and that he would reiterate the Government’s position which was that we need a comprehensive solution to recapitalise European banks and resolve the uncertainty about Greece.