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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 15th February 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 15th February 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Consultants

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions during the last five years when his Office or its agencies has taken legal action against a consultancy firm; and what were the reasons in each case.

The Prime Minister: None.


Public Appointments

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 17 January, Official Report, columns 398-99, how many appointments to public positions have been made by his Department in the last year.

The Prime Minister: I have made 18 appointments since January 1994 to bodies listed in "Public Bodies 1994".


Intensive Care Beds

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Prime Minister what action he plans to take to ensure a higher priority within public spending to the provision of intensive care beds.

The Prime Minister: It is for each purchasing authority to determine the appropriate level and type of provision of intensive therapy, and to priorities these accordingly based on an assessment of the total needs of its population. For their part, the Government have undertaken to increase the real level of resources devoted to the health service.


Education Priorities

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer of 9 February to the right hon. Member for Bridgewater (Mr. King), Official Report, column 452, if he will list those local education authorities which may need to look carefully at education priorities.

The Prime Minister: All local education authorities need to consider their priorities to ensure that they provide an effective and efficient service.


Hong Kong

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to travel to Hong Kong in 1995.

The Prime Minister: I have no plans to visit Hong Kong in 1995.


Marchioness

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Prime Minister if he will (a) meet those who survived the sinking of the motor vessels Marchioness and their relatives, and (b) respond positively to the requests for legal aid to be granted to them for their representation at the forthcoming inquest.

The Prime Minister: My right Hon. and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor would be willing to meet a delegation of survivors of the tragedy and their relatives. Legal aid is not available for representation at inquests. Subject to financial eligibility, advice and assistance may be available before the hearing under the green form scheme.