Press release

Press briefing: morning 10 November 2014

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 Friday's Ecofin meeting, net migration, the European Arrest Warrant and wages.

Ecofin

When asked about this Friday’s Ecofin meeting, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was a scheduled Ecofin meeting about the annual budget for 2014 and 2015. The PMOS added that we would be working with other like minded countries to get the very best deal for taxpayers in terms of the sizes of the 2014 and 2015 EU annual budgets.

Net migration

When asked about the government’s objective to get net migration below 100,000, the PMOS said that this remained the objective towards which the Prime Minister and others were working to.

European Arrest Warrant

When asked about today’s vote, the PMOS said a commitment was made earlier this year that the government should vote on the package.

Wages

When asked about wages for lower earners, the PMOS referred to the government’s long-term economic plan. As well as dealing with the deficit, there have still been reductions in personal tax - increasing personal allowance on income tax so as to reduce people’s income tax bills - and an above real terms increase in the national minimum wage.