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1992 - PMQT Written Answers 11th May 1992

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 11th May 1992.


PRIME MINISTER:

EC Committee of the Regions

Ms. Quin : To ask the Prime Minister if he will now make a statement on United Kingdom regional representation on the EC Committee of the Regions agreed at Maastricht.

The Prime Minister : Ministers are considering the nomination of the 24 United Kingdom members (and 24 alternates) on the Committee of the Regions.


Minister for War Veterans

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Prime Minister if he will appoint a Minister for war veterans, widows and dependants, within either the Ministry of Defence or the Department of Social Security.

The Prime Minister : Responsibility for matters affecting war veterans, their widows and dependants forms part of the departmental remit of a number of Ministers. There are no plans to change this arrangement.


Lockerbie Bombing

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the representations made to the United Kingdom Government by the Government of Libya about the proposed extradition of two Libyan nationals in relation to the Lockerbie bombing; (2) if he will discuss with the President of the United States the representations made to both of them by the Arab League in relation to the Lockerbie bombing and policy towards Libya; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : We have had various approaches from Libyans and intermediaries over the Lockerbie bombing. None of them indicates that Libya is ready to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions 731 and 748. We have worked closely with the United States and France and shall continue to do so.


War Crimes

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Prime Minister if he will state the Government's policy towards war crimes in the Channel islands.

The Prime Minister : The Government's policy is that people who have committed murder, manslaughter or culpable homicide as violations of the laws and customs of war in German-held territory during the second world war should not be able to use the privilege of residence in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands to escape justice.


Church Livings

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Prime Minister for how many church livings he has the responsibility of appointment.

The Prime Minister : I am responsible for recommending clergy to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment to 206 benefices where the Crown has rights of presentation. Of these, 126 belong to the Crown in full right, while appointment to the remaining 80 is undertaken alternately or sequentially depending upon the number of other patrons having rights of presentation to those benefices.