Press release

Press briefing: morning 25 February

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 Ukraine, school holidays, Angela Merkel and Peter Bone.

Ukraine

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.

School holidays

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.

Merkel visit

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.

Peter Bone

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.