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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 13th March 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 13th March 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Executive Remuneration

Mr. Burden: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to ensure co-ordination between Ministers and regulatory bodies in monitoring levels of executive salaries and share options in privatised industries and services.

The Prime Minister: The role of regulators is to protect consumers. Regulators cannot be expected to judge the merits of individual board members, set their pay effectively and determine the appointment of boardroom executives. We await the conclusions of the Greenbury committee on the best practice for companies on executive remuneration.


Water and Sewerage

Mr. Nicholls: To ask the Prime Minister what is the cost of his Department's expenditure on water and sewerage in (a) the current year and (b) each of the previous years.

The Prime Minister: For this purpose my office is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given today by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Office of Public Service and Science.


Ministerial Resignations

Dr. Wright: To ask the Prime Minister if he will provide a list of those ministers who have left his Government since 1992 and give in each case the reason for their departure.

The Prime Minister: The following Ministers have resigned from the Government since the end of 1992:

The right hon. Norman Lamont MP

The right hon. Tristan Garel-Jones MP

The right hon. Sir Archie Hamilton MP

Edward Leigh MP

Sir Kenneth Carlisle MP

Robert Jackson Esq. MP

Michael Mates Esq. MP

The right hon. the Lord Hesketh

Tim Yeo MP

The right hon. the Earl of Caithness

Michael Brown MP

The right hon. the Lord Wakeham

The right hon. John MacGregor OBE, MP

The right hon. Peter Brooke CH, MP

The right hon. John Patten MP

The right hon. Sir Timothy Sainsbury MP

The right hon. Sir Wyn Roberts MP

The right hon. Sir Peter Lloyd MP

The right hon. Sir Nicholas Scott KBE MP

The right hon. Sir John Cope MP

The hon. Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd MP

Patrick McLoughlin MP

Robert Key MP

Sir Irvine Patnick OBE, MP

Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

Viscount St. Davids

Lord Annaly

Tim Smith MP

Neil Hamilton MP

Earl of Arran

Allan Stewart MP

Charles Wardle MP

Robert G. Hughes MP

There were a number of different reasons for these resignations.


G7 Summit

Mr. Dowd: To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to respond to the letter to him of 3 March from the Secretary of the Japanese Labour Camp Survivors Association concerning its attendance at the G7 summit in July; and what his response will be.

The Prime Minister: A reply will be sent shortly. The arrangements for the G7 summit are in the hands of the Canadian authorities, who hold the chair at the moment, but there would normally be no objection to the presence in Halifax of non-governmental groups and organisations.


Animal Protection, South Korea

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Prime Minister if he will raise the issue of the illegal cat and dog meat industry operating in South Korea when he meets the President of Korea later this month; if he will press the President of Korea to introduce stricter animal protection laws; and what action he has taken to stop the illegal cat and dog meat industry in South Korea.

The Prime Minister: I met the President of the Republic of Korea on Wednesday 8 March. We discussed bilateral trade and investment, science and technology, and other issues of mutual interest. We did not discuss the issue of animal protection but the South Korean Government are aware of the concerns of the British public on this issue.