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1994 - PMQT Written Answers 19th October 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 19th October 1994.


PRIME MINISTER:

Industrial Tribunals

Mr. Raynsford: To ask the Prime Minister what has been the total cost, including staff time and legal fees, of representing each Government Department in cases at industrial tribunals in each of the past five years.

The Prime Minister: The information requested is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Official Visits

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library (a) a list of official visits he has made since 21 July, (b) copies of speeches he made on each visit, (c) a list of interviews given to the media over the same period and (d) a copy of his speech to the Conservative and Unionist conference in Bournemouth on 14 October.

The Prime Minister: (a) I have made a number of official visits throughout the country since 21 July this year, delivering several speeches on a wide range of subjects. Since that date I have also made three overseas visits as follows:

Date                                                |Destination

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1-2 August                                          |Poland and Lithuania                                                                                   

7-8 September                                       |The Hague and Berlin                                                                                   

18-22 September                                     |Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa                                                    

(b) Copies of the speeches made on each occasion have been placed in the Library, along with

(c) a list of interviews given to the media since 21 July.

(d) A copy of my speech to the Conservative and Unionist conference in Bournemouth on 14 October is available in the Library of the House.


Special Advisers

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish a current list of special advisers attached to Ministers stating the Minister they work for, the date of their appointment, the name of their previous employer before their initial appointment as a special adviser attached to a Minister, and the organisation from which they are seconded.

The Prime Minister: Currently there are 32 special advisers attached to Ministers. None is on secondment from an outside organisation. The names of the advisers, the Ministers they work for, the dates of their current appointments and the names of their previous employers before their initial appointments and the names of their previous employers before their initial appointments as special advisers are as follows:


Name                                          |Minister (s) served                          |Date of Appointment                          |Previous Employer                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

K Adams                                       |Secretary of State for the Environment       |28 May 1993                                  |Rt. Hon. John Gummer

P Barnes                                      |Secretary of State for Social Security       |28 May 1993                                  |Boston Consulting Group

C Blunt                                       |Secretary of State for Defence               |15 February 1993                             |PI Political Consultants

Miss. A Broom                                 |Secretary of State for Employment            |21 July 1994

T Burke*                                      |Secretary of State for Environment           |28 May 1993                                  |Green Alliance

J Caine                                       |Secretary of State for Northern Ireland      |17 June 1992                                 |Conservative Central Office

Dr. E Cottrell                                |Secretary of State for Education             |21 July 1994                                 |Conservative Central Office

Dr. W Eltis*                                  |President of the Board of Trade              |1 January 1993               |National Economic Development Office

M Fraser                                      |Minister for Overseas Development            |10 April 1992                                |Conservative Central Office

J Gray                                        |Jointly to the Ministers for Local Government|28 May 1993                                  |GNI Ltd                                               |  and Inner Cities; Environment and Countryside; and Housing and Planning

D Green                                       |Prime Minister                               |1 June 1992                                  |Business Television

Mrs. S Hogg                                   |Prime Minister                               |10 April 1992                                |Daily and Sunday Telegraph

Ms. S Hole                                    |Chief Whip                                   |13 April 1992                                |Lord Rothschild

A Kemp*                                       |President of the Board of Trade              |28 May 1992                                  |CDP Nexus Ltd

Mrs. T Keswick                                |Chancellor of the Exchequer                  |28 May 1993                       |Cluff Investments and Trading

G MacKay                                      |Secretary of State for Scotland              |8 May 1992                                   |Pieda plc

M MacLay                                      |Secretary of State for Foreign and           |19 July 1993                                 |The European                                               |  Commonwealth Affairs

R Marsh                                       |Secretary of State for Health                |21 April 1992                                |Conservative Central Office

Ms. S McEwen                                  |Lord Privy Seal                              |21 July 1994                                 |Namara Cowan Ltd

M McManus                                     |Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster         |21 July 1994                          |Conservative Central Office

P Moman                                       |Lord President                               |15 December 1993                  |Self employed consultant and writer

L O'Connor*                                   |Secretary of State for the Environment       |14 March 1994                                |Self employed Architect

Mrs. K Ramsay                                 |Prime Minister                               |2 June 1992                                  |Conservative Central Office

P Rock                                        |Home Secretary                               |28 May 1993                                  |Conservative Central Office

D Ruffley                                     |Chief Secretary                              |21 July 1994                                 |Clifford Chance

D Rutley                                      |Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food    |21 July 1994                                 |Pepsi Cola International

Lady Strathnaver                              |President of the Board of Trade              |21 April 1992                    |Haymarket Publishing Services Ltd

N True                                        |Prime Minister                               |10 April 1992                                |Public Policy Unit

Miss. A Warburton                             |Prime Minister                               |12 January 1994                              |Career break

Miss. R Whetstone                             |Home Secretary                               |5 September 1994                             |Conservative Central Office

H Williams                                    |Secretary of State for Wales                 |18 October 1993                    |Governing Body of Rugby School,                                                                                                                                           | also Freelance Journalist and Writer

A Young                                       |Secretary of State for Scotland              |8 May 1992                                   |Drummond & Co                                                                              

* Special advisers fall into two categories, political and those with specialised expertise relevant to their appropriate Secretary of State. The latter are indicated by an Asterisk.                                                


Ministerial Appointments

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Prime Minister if he will update the tables given in his answers of 6 December, Official Report, column 28 , following the changes in ministerial appointments that have occurred this year.

The Prime Minister: The information requested is as follows:

               |Paybill (1)|1994-95 (2)            

As at          |£ million  |£ million              

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July 1994      |1.16       |1.16                   

June 1993      |1.37       |1.40                   

September 1992 |1.30       |1.36                   

September 1991 |1.10       |1.20                   

July 1990      |0.95       |1.09                   

June 1989      |0.93       |1.19                   

September 1988 |0.74       |1.00

(1) Not including earnings-related national insurance contribution and other personnel overheads.                                         

(2) Calculated using the GDP deflator.


Salary Band          |<1>Number of Special           |Advisers                                 

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£                                                              

0-10,000            |-                                        

10-20,000            |1                                        

20-30,000            |8                                        

30-40,000            |5                                        

40-50,000            |8                                        

50-60,000            |7                                        

60-70,000            |1                                        

70-80,000            |-                                        

80-90,000            |-                                        

90-100,000           |1

<1> As at 31 July 1994.                                        


Scott Inquiry

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister what discussions Her Majesty's Government have had with Lord Justice Scott about his proposal, and the timescale of that proposal, to allow witnesses before his inquiry, whom he may criticise in his report, an opportunity to comment before the report is finalised.

The Prime Minister: There has been no discussion between the Government and Sir Richard Scott concerning the principles underlying his proposal to give witnesses whom he may criticise an opportunity to comment before his report is finalised. However, Government officials have discussions with the inquiry team from time to time on a range of issues including the administrative aspects of Sir Richard Scott's proposal outlined above, but the timing of these matters is entirely a matter for him.