Press release

Press briefing: afternoon 6 January 2015

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

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson answered questions on mansion tax, EU reforms and treaty, A&E and the Counter Terrorism Bill

Mansion Tax

When asked about the PM’s position on mansion tax, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the PM’s view had not changed.

EU Reforms and Treaty Change

When asked about the PM’s views on the need for treaty change to allow for EU reforms, PMOS referred back to the PM’s Bloomberg speech, where he said that he expected treaty change. PMOS said that the PM’s view had not changed.

Accident and Emergency (A&E)

When asked whether the PM thought that there was a crisis in A&E, PMOS said that the PM agreed with the approach outlined by the Health Secretary. The government acknowledged that the NHS was facing challenges such as long-term challenges around demographic change, and more immediate challenges associated with winter pressures.

Counter Terrorism Bill

When asked whether there would be an announcement imminently about exclusion orders being used for returning fighters from overseas, PMOS said that the government would give careful consideration when the legislation returned to the House of Lords.