Press release

Press briefing: morning 3 November 2014

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The Prime Minister's Deputy Spokesperson answered questions on the European Union, historical child abuse and the Wanless Review.

European Union

When asked about UK contributions to the European Union, the Prime Minister’s Deputy Spokesperson (PMDS) said the Prime Minister was in ongoing technical discussions with the European Commission and others on how the figures were calculated. She added that further discussions with other European countries on the issue would take place at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) later that week.

When asked about freedom of movement within the EU, the PMDS said the Prime Minister was determined to address the British public’s concern about the impact of migration from the EU. She added that the government had already introduced reforms which included a 3-month delay before EU job seekers could access Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Child sexual abuse

When asked about the inquiry into child sexual abuse, the PMDS said this was an extremely difficult issue and it was important to reassure victims and survivors that no stone would go unturned in getting to the truth of what happened in the past and lessons would be learned for the future.

Peter Wanless review

When asked about timings for the publication of a review by NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless into allegations of child sex abuse, the PMDS said the intention was to publish the report very soon.