Press release

Press briefing: morning 17 December 2013

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The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on fracking, the House of Lords, airport expansion and the Olympics.


Asked if the Prime Minister (PM) was worried that EU laws could kill off investment in fracking, the PMS said the PM had written to Mr Barroso to underline his concerns, as well as to underline the need for careful regard to future regulation and legislation.

House of Lords

The PMS said he understood the concerns that had been raised by reports in the media.

Airport expansion

Asked for the PM’s response to the Davies Report, the PMS said that the PM had kept his manifesto commitment. The Secretary of State for Transport would make a statement on behalf of the government shortly. He added that the government had established the Commission and it should be allowed to complete its work.


Asked if the PM would be attending the Sochi Olympics despite concerns over gay rights, the PMS said that he was unable to comment on the PM’s travel plans but the PM’s view had not changed with regard to the British team’s participation in the Games. When it came to bilateral talks, no issues would be off the table.