Tuesday 28 January 2003

frequently asked questions

Read answers to our most frequently asked questions.

The Prime Minister

Q. What is the role of the Prime Minister’s Office?

A. The Prime Minister’s Office supports the Prime Minister in leading the country. This involves everything from handling his mail and looking after security, to working on government strategy, policy or media relations. Read our explanation of the Prime Minister’s Office for more.

Q. What are Prime Minister’s Questions?

A. Prime Ministers Question’s (PMQs), take place in the House of Commons every Wednesday at noon while Parliament is in session. It is an opportunity for MPs from all parties to question the Prime Minister on any issue, although the subjects usually include the key issues of the day.

PMQs is streamed live on this website. We also have a comprehensive video archive of past PMQs. Find out more in our Prime Minister’s Questions section.

Q. Can I e-mail the Prime Minister?

A. You can send a message to the Prime Minister through this website. All the messages are read and the Prime Minister receives regular reports on the issues raised. Send the Prime Minister a message

Q. Is there an archive of the Prime Minister’s speeches?

A. A full archive of all the Prime Minister’s speeches from 1997 is available in our speeches section.


Q. Who is in the Cabinet?

A. All Cabinet members must be serving MP’s or Members of the House of Lords. A full list of the current Cabinet Ministers can be found in our Cabinet section.

Q. How can I contact Ministers and their Departments?

A. For a full list of departments, their ministers and responsibilities see our guide to departments. Full contact details are included.

Q. What are government press briefings and where can I find them?

A. Government press briefings are an opportunity for political correspondents and other journalists to put questions to the Prime Minister’s Spokesman, and occasionally government ministers, on issues of the day. They are given each day that Parliament is sitting, usually at 11:00am and 3:45pm.

Q. How do I nominate someone for an honour?

A. Information on honours and appointments can be found on the Cabinet Office website:

Q. Where can I find information on the United Kingdom?

A. If you are interested in the UK for business study or pleasure, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office have launched an extensive website to demonstrate British creativity and innovation.

The website

Q. How popular is the website?

A. The website is increasingly popular as you can see from these statistics since the turn of the century. Page impressions are the number of times that pages on the site are visited.

  • 2000 - 17,347,966
  • 2001 - 46,379,169
  • 2002 - 18,777,826
  • 2003 - 28,376,725
  • 2004 - 50,564,853
  • 2005 - 21,743,602 (new measurement package introduced)
  • 2006 - 17,122,206
  • 2007 - 46,038,265 (up to 8 May)

Peaks in website statistics can be caused by major world or domestic events or new applications such as our e-petitions system or the Downing Street Youtube channel.

Q. Who runs the website?

A. The Prime Minister’s Office website is run by a small team of Civil Servants.

Q. How can I give feedback on the website?

A. We are constantly aiming to develop and improve the Prime Minister’s Office website, and welcome feedback from our users. Email the webteam at mailto:admin[at] to let us know what you think.

Q. There is an error on the website, who can I contact?

A. If you find any errors on the website please contact us at mailto:admin[at] stating clearly what the problem is and the address of the page.

Q. How can I subscribe to the email news updates?

A. If you wish to sign up for our news updates, or you want to stop receiving them, visit the registration page and follow the instructions.


Around the Web

Flickr Logo Flickr RSS Feed

History and Tour