Press release

Press briefing: morning 8 April 2014

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The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Maria Miller, Scotland, the Irish President, the Queen's speech and MPs holidays.

Maria Miller

In response to questions about Maria Miller and expenses reform, the PMS referred journalists to the Prime Minister’s recent words on the matter, iterating that his view had not changed.

Scotland

When asked about Lord Robertson’s comment that a ‘yes’ vote would be ‘cataclysmic’, the PMS said it was an important decision, which was why the Prime Minister and the government were making the positive case for Scotland to remain in the UK.

Irish President

Asked about the Prime Minister’s attendance at the State banquet this evening where Martin McGuinness and families of victims of IRA attacks were also likely to be, the PMS said that the Prime Minister understood the pain and suffering victims’ families had endured. He said the state visit followed on from the Queen’s very successful visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

Queen’s speech

Asked when the decision was made to move the date of the Queen’s speech, the PMS said that the date of the Queen’s speech was decided in conjunction with the Palace. In this instance the change to that week’s timetable was due to the G8 in Sochi becoming a G7 in Brussels.

MPs holidays

Asked whether it was true that consideration was being given to allocating an extra week’s ‘holiday’ for MPs, the PMS said he was not aware of any changes to the Parliamentary timetable.