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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 19th February 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 19th February 1993.


PRIME MINISTER:

Cayman Islands

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Prime Minister what are the statutory and administrative links between the Bank of England and the monetary authority for the Cayman Islands.

The Prime Minister : There are no statutory links. Administratively, the Cayman Islands has since 1962 invited one of the Bank of England's London-based staff to serve as a member of its board of commissioners of currency. The Cayman Islands inspectorate of banks and trust companies has also since 1978 engaged a succession of International Monetary Fund secondees who all have been employees of the Bank. Some training has also been given.


Publicity

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 2 June 1992 to the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson), Official Report, column 390, what is the Cabinet Office's (a) current outturn estimate for publicity expenditure for 1992-93 and (b) budgeted publicity expenditure for 1993-94.

The Prime Minister : The current estimate for press and public relations expenditure by the Cabinet Office for 1992-93 is £366,000. In addition, it is expected that expenditure on publicity and public information associated with the citizens charter in 1992-93 will be some £700,000. Budgets for 1993-94 have not yet been finalised.


Unincorporated Bodies (Accounts)

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals to require unincorporated bodies to produce audited accounts; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : The Charities Act 1992 requires the accounts of unincorporated registered charities with an income of over £100,000 per annum to be audited. I have no plans for extending to unincorporated bodies generally the Companies Act requirement to prepare audited accounts.

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Prime Minister what steps he proposes to take to ensure that all bodies in the United Kingdom, with turnover over £5 million, produce full audited accounts.

The Prime Minister : I have no plans to take such steps.

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure that all external funds received by unincorporated bodies in the United Kingdom from abroad are fully taxed; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : The Inland Revenue takes all reasonable steps to ensure that, where appropriate, funds received from abroad by unincorporated bodies are properly taxed.


Political Parties (Finance)

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Prime Minister (1) what steps he will take to investigate the origin of overseas funds paid to United Kingdom political parties; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if he will introduce legislation to require all political parties to account for (a) all donations over £500 and (b) donations received from abroad;

(3) if he will introduce legislation to require political parties to disclose to the public the full extent of overseas donations received; and if he will make a statement;

(4) if he will introduce legislation to require all political parties in the United Kingdom to produce full audited accounts; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I have no plans to take any such steps.


Disabled Employees

Miss Lestor : To ask the Prime Minister what percentage of employees in his Office are registered disabled.

The Prime Minister : None. For recruitment purposes, my office is part of the Cabinet Office. The percentage of registered disabled persons employed by the Cabinet Office is 1.1 per cent. The Cabinet Office is an equal opportunities employer and seeks to encourage the employment of people with disabilities.