Prime Minister David Cameron may face an official investigation after appearing to drop a hint about growth figures ahead of them being published later this morning.
During Prime Minister’s question time yesterday, Cameron raised speculation that he was commenting on GDP figures when he claimed there was “good news” to come on the economy.
The Telegraph reports the figures, which are put together by the Office for National Statistics, were given to Downing Street on Wednesday morning with the Prime Minister among a number of senior officials who were entitled to view them. No 10 would not confirm if he had taken up the opportunity in advance.
Due to the market sensitivity of the figures, those who view them are under strict obligation not to disclose them before they are officially released.
Speaking to The Telegraph, a spokesman for the UK Statistics Authority said it had received queries about the Prime Minister’s wording and added that it is “going to look into it”.