Press briefing: afternoon 2 April 2014
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The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on the DPM/Nigel Farage debate, Royal Mail and Gibraltar.
DPM/Nigel Farage debate on Europe
When asked whether the Prime Minster would be watching this evening’s debate, the PMS said that the Prime Minster was on a regional tour and he may catch the highlights. Asked for the government’s position on the Euro, the PMS said that the Prime Minister’s position is clear which is not to join the Euro. The PMS added that the Prime Minister’s position on Europe is clear.
Asked whether the Prime Minster wished to clarify what he said on Royal Mail’s privatisation, the PMS pointed journalists to the Prime Minister’s response at PMQs.
In response to questions about reports of a Spanish vessel in Gibraltar’s waters, the PMS pointed to the statement made by Foreign Office Minister, David Lidington.
Asked if the Prime Minister was dismayed by the fall in numbers of foreign students coming to the UK, the PMS said the UK had seen an increase in students from China, Hong Kong and South East Asia, which was to be welcomed.
When asked about illegal immigrants from Calais and reports that French authorities had asked for UK police assistance, the PMS said he had not seen the reports, but that British and French authorities cooperate in this area and would continue to do so. Asked about government reforms on benefits for migrants, the PMS said the Prime Minister had taken action and wanted to go further, working with EU counterparts.
Asked whether the Prime Minister had confidence in Maria Miller, the PMS said that he did.