Press release

Press briefing: morning 30 January

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 smoking in cars, the Immigration Bill, and flooding.

Smoking in cars

Asked about smoking in cars, the PMS said there would be discussion in the commons in the near future and the PM wanted to hear the arguments on all sides.

Immigration Bill

Asked about backbench amendments to the Immigration Bill, the PMS said the Speaker had set out the order in which amendments would be discussed. The PM believed the right to family life was not an unqualified one and had great sympathy with backbench views on deporting foreign criminals. The government bill took considerable action on those issues.


Asked about the floods in Somerset, the PMS said the government was using its civil contingency mechanisms to provide as much assistance as it could to communities affected. The PM had said dredging would proceed as soon as it was safe to do so.