Asked about the situation in Ukraine, the PMS said the PM had discussed it with President Putin, PM Rutte, PM Tusk and Chancellor Merkel. The Foreign Secretary had also spoken to his Russian counterpart. The government would continue to focus on how it could support the Ukrainian authorities through its elections and look at economic support with the rest of the international community.
Asked about school term times and holiday prices, the PMS said it was important to understand the pressures facing hardworking families. The government had taken action on energy bills, council tax and fuel duty to help. Regarding school term times, 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 about Chancellor Merkel’s visit, the PMS said EU reform and the situation in Ukraine were likely to be on the agenda. Asked about Chancellor Merkel’s speech, the PMS said the speech was for her to give.
Asked whether the PM had spoken to Peter Bone MP about an investigation into benefits, the PMS said there was a process going forward with appropriate authorities and it should be followed.