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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 14th July 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 14th July 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister what precedents he relied on for the creation of a Deputy Prime Minister; which of the previous Deputy Prime Ministers were Ministers without departmental portfolio; how many of these chaired Cabinet committees; and what committees were involved.

The Prime Minister: The following are precedents for a Minister acting as Deputy Prime Minister:

Name                                        |Period in office                     

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The right hon. Clement Attlee (also Secretary for the Dominions 1942-43; Lord President of the Council 1943-45)   

|19 February 1942 to 23 May 1945                       

The right hon. R. A. Butler (also First Secretary of State and Minister in charge of The Central African Office  

|13 July 1962 to 18 October 1963

The right hon. (Viscount) William Whitelaw (also Home Secretary 1979-83; Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords 1983-88     

|4 May 1979 to 10 January 1988                   

The right hon. Sir Geoffrey Howe (also Lord President of The Council and Leader of the House of Commons   

|24 July 1989 to 1 November 1990

As I have previously stated, it is not the practice to release the details of Cabinet committees of previous Administrations.


Conservative Party Leadership Campaign

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost to public funds of entertainment or travel expenses incurred in his campaign for the leadership of the Conservative party.

The Prime Minister: Any additional costs to the public purse were de minimis and in accordance with long-standing practice; no charge will be levied.


World Wide Web

Mr. David Shaw: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the work his Department has carried out in the last 12 months in making information about his Department available to the public via the Government world wide web server known as "www.open.gov.uk" and his plans and policies to make additional and new information available electronically on the server in the next 12 months.

The Prime Minister: I refer to the hon. Member to the reply given today by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.


Ministerial Salaries

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Prime Minister what annual salary the Prime Minister is currently (a) entitled to and (b) drawing.

The Prime Minister: I refer to the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) on 9 June 1995, Official Report, column 345.


List of Ministerial Responsibilities

Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Prime Minister which Government Minister will be responsible for publishing a revised edition of "List of Ministerial Responsibilities" taking into account the recent changes in responsibilities announced in his recent Government reshuffle.

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to her by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster today.