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1991 - PMQT Written Answers 20th December 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 20th December 1991.


PRIME MINISTER:

Sunday Trading

Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Prime Minister what response he has made to the letter of 6 November from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Chief Rabbi and the Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council asking him to make a public appeal to retail companies to obey the existing law on Sunday trading.

The Prime Minister : It is not my practice to release such information. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Preston (Mrs. Wise) on 28 November at column 1066.


New Zealand (Royal Navy Visits)

Mr. Harris : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his policy regarding Royal Navy visits to New Zealand.

The Prime Minister : Following the Defence Secretary's announcement in September that our ships would not carry tactical nuclear weapons in normal circumstances, the New Zealand Prime Minister has agreed that there is now no reason for British warships not to visit New Zealand. The timing of any possible future visit by a British ship to New Zealand remains to be decided in the light of operational needs.