Press release

Press briefing: morning 13 February

The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on flooding, Scotland, Army Reserves and cycling.

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Asked about the government’s response to flood-hit areas, the PMS said it was important that assistance was delivered as quickly as possible. All local authorities would seek to do as much as they could for communities. The government’s Bellwin scheme was in place to provide financial support for councils in relief efforts. In addition, grants would be available to help affected homes and businesses invest in future flood resilience. The government would continue to look at all ways in which communities could be supported.


Asked about Scotland not paying UK debt if it became independent, the PMS said the Chancellor had called it a reckless threat.

Army Reserves

Asked about army reserve levels, the PMS said the government had clear plans to increase reserves to 30,000.


Asked what the PM thought of people cycling in the dark without lights, the PMS said there were laws and they should be followed.

Published 13 February 2014