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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 16th July 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 16th July 1993.


PRIME MINISTER:

Heating Costs

Mr. William Ross : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his estimate of the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest cost of heating a dwelling in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland for (a) the winter months and (b) the summer months, and indicate in each case the cost for (i) solid fuel, (ii) electricity, (iii) oil, (iv) natural gas and (v) bottled gas; and if he will list the locations in each of the countries which were used for samples to estimate these costs.

The Prime Minister : This information is not held centrally, but the estimated comparative cost of heating two, three, and four-bedroomed homes using different types of fuel and power can be derived from a publication entitled "Comparative Domestic Heating Costs in the UK" published by Sutherland Associates, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.


Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Prime Minister what reply he has given to the letter on the THORP from the Japanese group which visited him on 15 June.

The Prime Minister : A reply will be sent shortly.


Ministers (Directorships)

Mr. Cryer : To ask the Prime Minister how many Ministers retain directorships of companies; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I refer the hon. Gentleman to paragraph 107 of "Questions of Procedure for Ministers". No central record is held of such information.


Northern Ireland

Mr. Barnes : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 7 June, Official Report, columns 13-14, when he expects to be able to place in the Library the requested document regarding deaths resulting from the security situation in Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister : The production of a comprehensive list of people killed since 1968 as a result of the security situation in Northern Ireland, and in related incidents in Great Britain, the Irish Republic and mainland Europe, requires extensive and painstaking research. Information on mainland Europe, which is available only after 1978, and Great Britain is nearly complete and will be placed in the Library in the next fortnight. Work on the remaining information is well advanced, and the completed data will be placed in the Library as soon as they are available.


Yugoslavia

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the actions taken by the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina which Her Majesty's Government consider to have fulfilled the requirements of the London conference, and the ways in which they have failed to co-operate satisfactorily with the international community's peace efforts.

The Prime Minister : The Bosnian Government have been unable to realise the objectives of the London conference owing to the actions of their other parties, in particular the Serbs. The international community has repeatedly made clear that it will not accept a settlement in Bosnia which is dictated by the Serbs and Croats at the expense of the Muslims. We hope that the Bosnian Government will soon be in a position to enter into negotiations with the other parties under the co-chairmanship of Lord Owen and Mr. Stoltenberg.

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the actions taken by the Government of Croatia which Her Majesty's Government consider to have fulfilled the requirements of the London conference, and the ways in which it has failed to co-operate satisfactorily with the international community's peace efforts.

The Prime Minister : While we consider that the Serbs bear the main burden of responsibility for the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, we are also not satisfied that the Croatian Government have so far fully met the requirements of the London conference to achieve a peaceful settlement in Bosnia. European Community Foreign Ministers will be considering on 19 July whether measures should be taken against the Croatians so long as they are engaged in activities contrary to the London conference principles.