Press release

Press briefing: afternoon 3 February 2015

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

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson answered questions about mitochondrial DNA donation, religious slaughterhouses, and English votes

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Vote on Mitochondrial DNA donation

When asked about the vote, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) confirmed that the Prime Minister had voted in favour and that it had been a free vote.

Religious slaughterhouses

When asked about animal cruelty in religious slaughterhouses, the PMOS said the Prime Minister’s views on religious slaughter had not changed. The PMOS said that it was absolutely right that the Food Standards Agency had responsibilities to ensure that appropriate standards were enforced, and that the FSA investigated when it had concerns.

English Votes for English Laws

When asked about English Votes for English Laws, the PMOS said that a debate and vote in government time would be subject to cross-government agreement, and reiterated that there were other ways that the government could consider these matters. The PMOS added that it remained the case that the Prime Minister and Leader of the House wanted a debate and vote on this before the general election.

Published 3 February 2015