PM denies civil service rift after control is questioned

David Cameron has insisted he enjoys "good" relations with civil servants after his former policy guru Steve Hilton spoke out about Downing Street's apparent inability to control Government decisions.

Mr Hilton told students at California's Stanford University that the Prime Minister often finds out about policies on the radio and in newspapers - and often opposes them.

Asked about it on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Cameron said:

I agree with some of what Steve has said. He's right to say there is an awful lot of bureaucracy and red tape and quangocracy that produces a huge amount of... That part of what he says is absolutely right. But in terms of if you have a Government with a clear vision, with a radical heart, can you get things done and changed in Britain? My answer is yes, you can. I have a good relationship with the civil servants I work with.