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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 22nd May 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 22nd May 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Nolan Committee

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister what has been the cost to public funds to date of the Nolan committee; what payments or emoluments have been made to each member of the committee; what are the anticipated on-going costs; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the Nolan committee's first report, which was published last week and states that the committee's total estimated cost to the end of April 1995 was £317,200.

Lord Nolan, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater (Mr. King), the right hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney (Mr. Shore) and Ms Diana Warwick do not receive emoluments for their Nolan committee work as they already receive a salary from other public funds. Other members of the committee were paid a salary of £1,000 per month from November 1994 to April 1995. They are now receiving an attendance fee of £155 per day. Members travel and subsistence expenses are met from public funds.

The on-going cost of the committee is estimated to be £500,000 a year.


Deregulation

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister what further action he proposes to take to advance the Government's deregulation initiative.

The Prime Minister: I have established a new ministerial committee to co-ordinate the Government's programme of deregulation and consider how the burden of deregulation on business, charities and individuals can be kept to a minimum. Copies of the terms of reference and membership are in the Library of the House.

MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON DEREGULATION (EDD)

Composition

President of the Board of Trade (Chairman)

Lord President of the Council

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Secretary of State for Employment

Lord Privy Seal

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Corporate Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry

Other Ministers will be invited to attend as necessary.

Terms of Reference

"To co-ordinate the Government's programme of deregulation and to consider how the burden of regulation on businesses, charities and individuals can be kept to a minimum."