Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 17th October 1994.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister if he discussed arms and military equipment exports with South African Government members during his visit to South Africa in September.
The Prime Minister: There was reference during my visit to the on-
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what matters in regard to nuclear safeguards, nuclear materials security and nuclear trade were raised during his visit to South Africa in September.
The Prime Minister: Those matters were not raised during my recent visit to South Africa. They are, however, frequently discussed by relevant experts from both our countries in the appropriate international forums.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the letter of the hon. Member
for Esher (Mr. Taylor) of 28 July, what assessment he has made of the environmental
impact of coppicing as an integral part in Her Majesty Government's on-
The Prime Minister: The environmental impact of coppicing was studied by the energy
technology support unit in 1988, in its report, "Energy Forestry in Britain: Environmental
An assessment of the original version of the Loughry college harvester was reported in ETSU B 1382. A new, simpler, version developed with funding from the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, is now being assessed. This newer machine is not yet at a stage where commercial development would be appropriate. Copies of the reports have been placed in the Library of the House.
Nuclear Weapons, Iraq
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with the Government of Saudi Arabia on their policy towards the Iraqi nuclear weapons programme during his visit to Jeddah on 19 September.
The Prime Minister: My discussions with King Fahd covered a wide variety of issues on Iraq, and underscored the closeness of our policies towards that country.
We support the United Nations' Special Commission's efforts to eliminate Iraq's weapons
of mass destruction capability, as called for in United Nations Security Council
resolution 687. Although United Nations weapons inspectors have noted improved Iraqi
Mr. McCartney: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer on 11 July, Official Report, column 375 , if he will now make it his policy to collect and publish statistics on the number of official meetings he holds with hon. and right hon. Members on constituency matters at 10 Downing Street, broken down by political party and by regions in which their constituencies are situated.
The Prime Minister: No. I have nothing further to add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member on 11 July, Official Report, column 375.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the letter of 4 July from Baroness
Cumberlege, Health Minister, to the hon. Member for Linlithgow, what assessment he
has made of the adequacy of co-
The Prime Minister: I am content with the existing arrangements. The Departments of Health and of the Environment are advised on health issues related to diesel and other fuels by expert committees. Officials from the Departments of Health, of the Environment and of Transport and the Treasury are in frequent consultation on those matters.