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1994 - PMQT Written Answers 7th March 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 7th March 1994.


PRIME MINISTER:

Northern Ireland

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the main differences between the agreement between the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) and Mr. Gerry Adams and the Downing street declaration; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : The Downing street declaration was the result of work between the two Governments, which began when I first met Mr. Reynolds shortly after he became Taoiseach in February 1992. I have seen no document purporting to be an agreement between the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) and Mr. Adams, save for their published statements.


Quangos

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Prime Minister if he will hold all paid members of Government quangos liable to surcharge in the same way as elected councillors.

The Prime Minister : The Government have no powers to surcharge paid members of non-departmental public bodies in the same way as elected councillors and have no plans to seek such powers. Public bodies are already able to apply disciplinary sanctions, including seeking prosecutions where appropriate.


Ministers

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 14 February, Official Report, column 770, if he will list the five Cabinet Ministers who have served in the armed forces.

The Prime Minister : My right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the President of the Board of Trade, the Lord Privy Seal and the Secretary of State for National Heritage, and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland have all done national service.


Jewellery

Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 28 February to the hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) Official Report, column 579, if he will list the items of jewellery on the official inventory of No. 10 Downing Street.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 4 March 1994] : I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on 3 March, Official Report, column 804.