Press release

Press briefing: afternoon 3 February

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on pub opening hours and foodbanks.

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


Pub opening hours

Asked for clarification regarding the proposals for pub opening hours during the football world cup, the PMS said that, following a request from the Prime Minister, the government was consulting on nationally extending opening hours with the expectation that the hours would be extended.

Asked why this was being considered, the PMS said that this was a major national sporting event and there was a lot of interest in this issue. Fans would want to enjoy watching the game in their local pub.


Asked about money which may be available to the UK to pay for foodbanks, the PMS said that he had not seen the figures but, if this was about EU structural funds then the UK is best placed to decide how the funds are used.

Published 3 February 2014