Press briefing: morning 24 February
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The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Scotland, school holidays, and income tax.
Asked about the PM’s visit to Scotland, the PMS said the PM was taking the Cabinet to Scotland to discuss Sir Ian Wood’s review of the oil and gas industry. He would continue to regularly visit all parts of the UK. Asked about debating with Alex Salmond, the PMS said the PM’s view remained unchanged. The PM did not have a referendum vote. The question was when would Mr Salmond debate with Alastair Darling.
Asked about Chancellor Merkel’s visit to London, the PMS said the PM had a strong relationship with Chancellor Merkel. The PM would meet her during her visit and expected to discuss EU reform and the situation in Ukraine.
Asked whether the government would publish a report on child poverty, the PMS said the government had a requirement to update its strategy on child poverty. An update would be published shortly.
Asked about school term times and holiday prices, the PMS said it was important to understand the pressures facing hardworking families. It was right that schools were given more flexibility to set their term times and take into account parents’ views. Holiday arrangements were for individual families.
Asked whether the PM was minded to reform Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), the PMS said the government was always willing to look at ideas.
Asked whether the PM was minded to simplify income tax, the PMS said the government would listen to the debate set out in the Ten Minute Rule Bill.