Press briefing: afternoon 20 October 2014
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
The Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson answered questions on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the EU, the Recall Bill, social media and radicalisation.
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
When asked about a public interest defence in law for journalism, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister attached a great deal of importance to the UK’s strong and robust investigative journalism. With regard to recent high-profile cases, the PMOS said it was right that the Home Secretary was bringing forward a new revised code of practice for the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, and the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s review to see if more could be done in the same area.
When asked about immigration in the EU, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister placed great importance on reforming Britain’s relationship with this EU, adding that a number of countries around the EU were looking at the impact of immigration on their welfare systems.
When asked about the Recall Bill, the PMOS said the Prime Minister wanted to hear what members of the House of Commons had to say, and what ideas they might have on the issue.
With regard to meetings between government officials and social media companies, the PMOS said there was very regular dialogue between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and a large range of media companies.
When asked about radicalisation of British citizens abroad, the PMOS said the government is working closely with police and security agencies to bring forward legislation on this matter.