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1991 - PMQT Written Answers 18th January 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 18th January 1991.


PRIME MINISTER:

House of Lords

Mr. William Powell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list in the Official Report the names of all those members of the House of Lords nominated to sit therein since 1 August 1987, together with the dates upon which they took their seats.

The Prime Minister : Peerages created since 1 August 1987 are as follows, together with the dates on which the holders were introduced.

Title                              |Created         |Introduced                       

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Lord Rippon of Hexham              |5 October 1987  |20 October 1987                  

Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe           |6 October 1987  |20 October 1987                  

Lord Thomas of Gwydir              |7 October 1987  |21 October 1987                  

Lord Jay                           |8 October 1987  |21 October 1987                  

Lord Pym                           |9 October 1987  |28 October 1987                  

Lord Joseph                        |12 October 1987 |28 October 1987                  

Lord Dormand of Easington          |13 October 1987 |3 November 1987                  

Lord Prior                         |14 October 1987 |11 November 1987                 

Lord Crickhowell                   |15 October 1987 |4 November 1987                  

Lord Colnbrook                     |16 October 1987 |10 November 1987                 

Lord St. John of Fawsley           |19 October 1987 |4 November 1987                  

Lord Mason of Barnsley             |20 October 1987 |3 November 1987                  

Lord Carlisle of Bucklow           |2 November 1987 |10 November 1987                 

Lord Jenkin of Roding              |3 November 1987 |11 November 1987                 

Lord Ross of Newport               |4 November 1987 |8 December 1987                  

Lord Callaghan of Cardiff          |5 November 1987 |17 November 1987                 

Lord Rees                          |16 November 1987|24 November 1987                 

Lord Jenkins of Hillhead           |20 November 1987|1 December 1987                  

Lord Jakobovits                    |5 February 1988 |9 February 1988                  

Baroness Hart of South Lanark      |8 February 1988 |10 February 1988                 

Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle       |9 February 1988 |9 February 1988                  

Lord Donaldson of Lymington        |15.February 1988|24 February 1988                 

Lord Armstrong of Ilminster        |26 February 1988|15 March 1988                    

Lord Alexander of Weedon           |11 July 1988    |12 July 1988                     

Lord Rees-Mogg                     |8 August 1988   |25 October 1988                  

Lord Butterfield                   |10 August 1988  |9 November 1988                  

Lord Mackenzie-Stuart              |18 October 1988 |30 November 1988                 

Lord Macaulay of Bragar            |9 January 1989  |18 January 1989                  

Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover |31 January 1989 |31 January 1989                  

Lord Lewis of Newnham              |8 February 1989 |8 February 1989                  

Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes          |9 February 1989 |28 February 1989                 

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie           |10 February 1989|22 February 1989                 

Lord Sharp of Grimsdyke            |21 July 1989    |26 July 1989                     

Lord Walton of Detchant            |24 July 1989    |11 October 1989                  

Lord McColl of Dulwich             |25 July 1989    |26 July 1989                     

Lord Fieldhouse                    |26 February 1990 | 7 March 1990                     

Baroness Park of Monmouth          |27 February 1990|6 March 1990                     

Lord Tombs                         |28 February 1990 | 13 March 1990                    

Lord Clinton-Davis                 |8 May 1990      |8 May 1990                       

Lord Morris of Castle Morris       |9 May 1990      |9 May 1990                       

Baroness Eccles of Moulton         |10 May 1990     |15 May 1990                      

Lord Richard                       |14 May 1990     |15 May 1990                      

Lord Wade of Chorlton              |16 May 1990     |22 May 1990                      

Lord Cavendish of Furness          |17 May 1990     |6 June 1990                      

Baroness Cumberlege                |18 May 1990     |23 May 1990                      

Baroness Brigstocke                |21 May 1990     |23 May 1990                      

Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior     |22 May 1990     |12 June 1990                     

Lord Holme of Cheltenham           |29 May 1990     |6 June 1990                      

Lord Varley                        |30 May 1990     |5 June 1990                      

Baroness Hollis of Heigham         |1 June 1990     |11 June 1990                     

Baroness Flather                   |11 June 1990    |19 June 1990                     

Lord Pearson of Rannoch            |18 June 1990    |19 June 1990                     

Lord Porter of Luddenham           |<1>16 July 1990 |24 July 1990                     

Baroness Castle of Blackburn       |<2>16 July 1990 |18 July 1990                     

Lord Lane of Horsell               |17 July 1990    |17 July 1990                     

Lord Haslam                        |13 August 1990  |17 October 1990

Baroness Dunn                      |24 August 1990  |9 October 1990

Lord Waddington                    |4 December 1990 |4 December 1990

Lord Sterling of Plaistow          |17 January 1991 |To be introduced

<1>a.m.                                                                              

<2>p.m.                                                                               


Official Histories

Mr. William Powell : To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many official histories have been commissioned by the Government since 1960; what are their titles; when each was commenced; when each was completed; who were the authors; and what was the cost of each;

(2) how many Government-sponsored official histories are currently in preparation; when they were commissioned; who are the authors; what are the estimated dates of completion; and what is the estimated cost of each.

The Prime Minister : The original programme of official histories commissioned by the War Cabinet covered the military and civil history of the second world war.

Subsequently two further groups of wartime histories were commissioned, tables A and B;

On 9 March 1966 the then Prime Minister announced that the official programme would be extended to include selected periods or episodes of peacetime history. The following were commissioned, table C.

Title                                         |Author                            |Commissioned                      |Completion Publication

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Table A

SOE in France                                 |M. R. D. Foot                     |1960                              |1966                                                                 

SOE in the Far East<2>                        |C. Cruickshank                    |1980                              |1983                                                                 

SOE in Scandinavia<2>                         |C. Cruickshank                    |1984                              |1986                                                                 

SOE in Greece<2>                              |R. R. M. Clogg                    |1984                                                                                                    

SOE in the Low Countries<2>                   |M. R. D. Foot                     |1987                                                                                                    

SOE in Yugoslavia<2>                          |M. C. Wheeler                     |1987                                                                                                    

SOE in Italy                                  |C. M. Woods                       |1989                                                                                                    

Table B

British Intelligence in the Second World War, |Professor Sir Harry Hinsley and   |1971                              |1979   

Vol I                                       |  others                                                                                                                                   

British Intelligence in the Second World War, |Professor Sir Harry Hinsley and   |1971                              |1981

Vol II                                      |  others                                                                                                                                   

British Intelligence in the Second World War, |Professor Sir Harry Hinsley and   |1971                              |1984

Vol III                                     |  others                                                                                                                                   

(Part I)                                    |Professor Sir Harry Hinsley and others

British Intelligence in the Second World War, |Professor Sir Harry Hinsley and   |1971                              |1988

Vol III                                     |  others                                                                                                                                   

(Part II)                                   |Professor Sir Harry Hinsley and others

British Intelligence in the Second World War, |Professor Sir Harry Hinsley and   |1971                              |1990

Vol IV                                      |  C. A. G. Simkins                                                                                                                         

British Intelligence in the Second World War, |Professor Sir Michael Howard      |1971                              |1990

Vol V                                                                                                                                                                                   

Table C

Environmental Planning                        |Professor J. B. Cullingworth      |1969                              |Published in 4 Vols.                                                                                                                     |  between 1975-1981                                                  

Nationalisation of British Industry           |Professor Sir Norman Chester      |1969                              |1975

Colonial Development<2>                       |D. J. Morgan                      |1969                              |Published in 5 Vols 1980

External Economic Policy<1>                   |Professor L. S. Pressnell         |1974                              |Vol. I published 1987

                                                                                                                    |  Vol. II estimated date of publication 1992

Defence Organisation Since 1945<1>            |Professor D. Cameron Watt         |1974           |Estimated date of publication 1992

British Part in the Korean War<1>             |General Sir Anthony Farrar-       |1978  

                                             |  Hockley                                                            |Estimated publication date Vol. II 1992

The Health Services Since the War<1>          |Dr. Charles Webster               |1978                              |Vol. I published 1988

                                                                                                                    |Estimated publication                                                                                                                     |  of Vol. II 1992-3                                                  

<1>currently in preparation.                                                                                                                                                              

<2>main preparation and all publication costs met by commercial publishers.                                                                                                               

The cost of preparing official histories is borne on the votes of several Government Departments, mainly the Cabinet Office; the cost of printing, publishing and distribution falls to HMSO. (Revenue from sales goes towards offsetting these costs). It is not possible without disproportionate cost to itemise the cost of individual histories.


Ministers (Overseas Visits)

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list in ranked order and by name the numbers of overseas trips undertaken by Ministers since June 1987.

The Prime Minister : This information is not held centrally and could not be produced without incurring disproportionate costs.


Sanctions

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what criteria have been adopted to judge the success of the application of sanctions upon Iraq imposed under the authorisation of the United Nations.

The Prime Minister : The test of the effectiveness of sanctions is whether they persuade Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. After nearly six months this has not been achieved.


Security

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Prime Minister what guidance is issued to Ministers on answering questions from right hon. and hon. Members on matters affecting security during periods of armed conflict.

The Prime Minister : Normal procedures for answering questions on matters affecting security continue to apply.


Mr. Ian Richter

Mr. Ron Brown : To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made on behalf of Ian Richter, a British citizen presently held in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : We remain concerned about the position of Mr. Ian Richter. We have regularly raised his case with the Iraqi authorities and our ambassador did so again shortly before he left Baghdad earlier this month.

We have made arrangements to ensure that Mr. Richter continues to receive visits and comforts. We are in close touch with his family here.