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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 28th June 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 28th June 1993.


Low-energy Light Bulbs

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister what steps have been taken to install low-energy light bulbs at 10 Downing Street and Chequers.

The Prime Minister : Following an energy audit of 10-12 Downing Street high-efficiency, low-energy lamps have been installed where appropriate. Low energy luminaires and krypton tubes have also been installed.

The Chequers estate is the responsibility of the Chequers trust.


Mr. Trimble : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions the Copenhagen EC conference held on closer links between the European Community and Slovenia; and with what result.

The Prime Minister : There was no discussion of this subject at the European Council in Copenhagen.

Cabinet Sub-Committee Decisions

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions decisions of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on London have been made known to Parliament and the public.

The Prime Minister : I do not propose to give details of topics considered by individual ministerial committees, the timing of their meetings or their discussions.


Mr. Cox : To ask the Prime Minister if he will seek to ensure that the question of the present division of Cyprus is included on the agenda of the Commonwealth conference to take place in Cyprus later this year; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : The inter-communal dispute in Cyprus is the subject of intensive negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary- General. This process has our full support. It is important not to start new initiatives that may confuse or cut across the UN effort.

Mr. Cox : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has (a) to visit northern Cyprus and (b) to meet representatives from northern Cyprus during the Commonwealth conference in Cyprus in October; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : There are no such plans; the programme for my visit to the commonwealth heads of Government meeting has not yet been finalised.


Mr. Cummings : To ask the Prime Minister which department provides the cover for capital costs for three RECHAR schemes in east Durham.

The Prime Minister : Departmental responsibility will depend on the nature of the projects concerned.

Doctors' and Dentists' Pay

Ms Lynne : To ask the Prime Minister if the Doctors and Dentists Review Body will be invited to make recommendations for pay appropriate to 1 April 1994.

The Prime Minister : Yes.

Ms Lynne : To ask the Prime Minister what steps he will take to enable the Doctors and Dentists Review Body to propose measures to eliminate differentials between the earnings of doctors and dentists and comparable professions.

The Prime Minister : The Government do not consider it appropriate to determine pay rates for doctors and dentists by comparison with the earnings of other professional groups. Each case for remuneration should be considered on its merit, taking account of the terms and conditions of service enjoyed, the labour market in which the profession operates and what is affordable.

Nuclear Waste

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Prime Minister if he will include in his discussions with the Japanese Government in September the issue of the storage in Britain of nuclear waste resulting from the reprocessing of Japanese nuclear fuel at Sellafield.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 25 June 1993] : This matter is already dealt with in the contracts between British Nuclear Fuels plc and its Japanese customers and in the existing inter-governmental letters between the United Kingdom and Japan. Since 1976, BNFL's contracts for the reprocessing of overseas spent fuel have contained options for the return of wastes. The Government intend that these options will be exercised and wastes returned.