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1994 - PMQT Written Answers 18th July 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 18th July 1994.


PRIME MINISTER:

Electricity and Water Companies

Mr Gordon Prentice : To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of ministerial exhortation on the pay and other benefits of directors of electricity and water companies in 1994.

The Prime Minister : I have made it clear on many occasions that directors should follow the lead that the Government have set for pay in the public sector.

However, remuneration of directors is a matter for the judgment of companies and their shareholders, within the framework of established company law, and reflecting affordability and individual and corporate performance.


Nuclear Proliferation

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Chingford of 11 July, Official Report, column 674, which are the other countries involved in nuclear proliferation to which he referred in his answer.

The Prime Minister : Both Iraq and North Korea are countries of nuclear proliferation concern. Both states have breached their obligations under the International Atomic Energy Authority full scope safeguards agreements. We are also concerned by reports that Iran may be seeking to develop nuclear weapons, and we continue to emphasise the importance we attach to all states party abiding by their obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. We also take very seriously reports that India, Israel and Pakistan may possess nuclear weapons. We urge these countries to allay suspicions about their nuclear programmes by acceding to the NPT as non-nuclear weapons states.


G7 Summit

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost to the Exchequer of the G7 summit in Naples.

The Prime Minister : It is not possible to give the cost of this meeting at present. A figure will, however, be available in due course.


Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) of 11 July, Official Report, column 376, if he will set out the reasons why he will not make it his policy that all Government Departments provide substantive replies to questions rather than referring them to the Library.

The Prime Minister : It has long been the practice that right hon. and hon. Members should be directed to the original source of information which is detailed or long.


Gordon McNally

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has held with Gordon McNally relating to Government procurement.

The Prime Minister : None.