PRIME MINISTER – LEAKS TO THE PRESS – 29 June 2009

Dr Julian Lewis: In one of 46 press reports in the past two days that have trailed the contents of this statement, the Financial Times said:

"Some of the fine details have been held back"

from the press, following

"the new Speaker's demands for an end to pre-briefing of policy changes in the media".

Does the Prime Minister seriously believe that the new Speaker will be content with such marginal concessions?

[The Prime Minister: Once again, when it comes to issues of policy, that is all that the Conservatives can talk about. This statement is about policy for the future of this country, and I came to this House to announce it.]