Press release

Press briefing: morning 15 May 2013

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

The Prime Minister's Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on oil pricing, dementia and sentences for those who kill police officers.

Oil price investigation

Asked about the European Commission (EC) investigation into oil price fixing, the PMS said that the allegations were concerning and the government would expect companies to fully comply with the investigation. It would be deeply worrying if prices had been driven up for households, especially given all the work government had been undertaking to deal with the cost of living. The EC investigation should run its course as it was critical it got to the bottom of the issue. There would be a statement in the House by the Department of Energy and Climate Change later that day providing more information.

Dementia

Asked why the PM was concerned with dementia, the PMS said that the government believed it was a serious issue facing the country. The ageing population would mean an increase in the need for dementia care. The PM and Health Secretary wanted to increase the rate of successful dementia diagnosis from 40% to around two thirds so that appropriate care could be given to sufferers. Focus of reforms was on research, awareness and the understanding of dementia by healthcare professionals.

Police killers

Asked whether the PM supported the Home Secretary’s proposal for life sentences for those who kill police officers, the PMS said that the PM fully supported the Home Secretary.