Press release

Press Briefing: afternoon 10 February

The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on flooding, gun licenses and Mark Harper.

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Asked about the COBR meeting taking place this evening, the PMS said the Prime Minister (PM) would be dialling in by phone as he’ll be staying in the South West overnight to see as many of the areas and meet as many of the people affected as possible.

Asked about the PM’s confidence in Lord Smith, chair of the Environment Agency, and Eric Pickles’ interview on the Andrew Marr show, the PMS said that it was time to get on with the job in hand and lessons can be learnt once the crisis has passed. The Communities Secretary was setting out the government position during his interview.

Gun licenses

Asked about the review into the administration of gun licenses, the PMS said that discussions were taking place with stakeholders and interested parties have been invited to take part.

Mark Harper

Asked if there should be a further investigation into the employment of an illegal immigrant by Mark Harper, the PMS said that Mr Harper had set out the position in full in his resignation letter. It reflected the clear advice of government Home Office lawyers.

Published 10 February 2014