09/03/2012 10:28 GMT

David Cameron Quizzed By School Children Over Riding Rebekah Brooks' Horse

David Cameron has been quizzed by school children over his love of horse riding, whether he dances in Downing Street and if he still listens to his mother.

The prime minister was recently embroiled in the bizarre tale of the Metropolitan Police lending a horse to the former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks.

After persistant questioning Downing Street was forced to admit that Cameron had in fact ridden the horse named Raisa.

One boy asked him: "Recently I heard you rode Rebekah Brooks' horse, did you enjoy that and do you often ride horses?"

Cameron said he had ridden a horse "a couple of times" since the election but no longer had enough time to saddle up.

"I like riding, I think it's a lovely way to enjoy the countryside," he said. "I was taught to ride when I was young, I love doing it but I haven't had much time for it recently."

The prime minster was taking questions from children in the cabinet room of No.10 for the BBC Radio 4's World at One programme.

Asked whether he still spoke to his mother he said he did "quite often" and that she still offered him subtle advice.

"She doesn't tell me what to do, she sometimes makes a few gentle suggestions and hints, the way that mums do, and you sort of get the message without having to be told absolutely what to do," he said.

The prime minister is known to be a fan of the iPad game 'Angry Birds', something that was not lost on the young interviewers who asked him if he had completed it.

"I have completed a lot of the levels, it is quite addictive," he said.

"I often have to fly to Afghanistan or Russia. Next week I'm going to America. Sometimes when you've done all your work and you've had all your conversations you've prepared all your speeches, you need something to relax with."

The prime minister was advised that once he had finished Angry Birds he should download Temple Run. "Temple Run?" he replied. "Right".

Asked whether he had ever imitated the prime minister played by Hugh Grant in the romantic comedy Love Actually and danced around No.10, Cameron said he had "never danced in the state rooms in Downing Street".

However he said what he got up to in the flat he shares with his family above No.11 Downing Street was "private".

As well as being asked rather fun questions about horses and computer games, the prime minister was quizzed on more serious matters such as public spending cuts and gang violence and NHS reforms.

He told one student worried that spending cuts meant local councils had to turn off street lights, endangering his community's safety, that austerity measures were necessary.

"We have had to make cuts because the problem we have in this country is we have a huge deficit, like a huge overdraft, we are spending much more money than we are getting back," he said.

"This government's come in and said we are going to have to make difficult decisions."

Tackled over the coalition's NHS reforms he said the changes were needed for the "future of the health service".

"What we are doing in very simply terms is trying to get rid of a lot of the bureaucracy in the NHS...instead give the money directly to the doctors," he said.

Asked to describe Conservatism in one sentence he said: "Helping people make the most of themselves in a country that is free, strong prosperous and independent."