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1992 - PMQT Written Answers 2nd July 1992

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 2nd July 1992.


PRIME MINISTER:

Tibet

Mr. Alton : To ask the Prime Minister if he will use the opportunity of the British presidency of the EC to co-ordinate a community response to the claims of Tibet to self-determination.

The Prime Minister : No state recognises Tibet as independent. Successive British Governments have, however, consistently regarded Tibet as autonomous, while recognising the special position of the Chinese there. We have urged the Chinese authorities to allow that autonomy. During our presidency we shall continue to take up with the Chinese authorities human rights abuses both in Tibet and in China.


Earth Summit

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister what progress has been made in establishing the United Kingdom national consultation committee on sustainable development as agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

The Prime Minister : The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development did not agree to set up a United Kingdom national consultation committee on sustainable development. UNCED did agree to recommend that the United Nations General Assembly set up, within the UN system, a Commission for Sustainable Development. The United Kingdom welcomed this, and we have undertaken to report regularly to the commission on our own progress towards sustainable development. In preparing those reports, we shall want to consult fully with interested people and organisations.


War Crimes

Mr. Janner : To ask the Prime Minister what current consideration Her Majesty's Government are giving to evidence of atrocities at the Sylt camp on Alderney and elsewhere in the Channel islands during the second world war.

The Prime Minister : The War Crimes Act 1991 gives United Kingdom courts jurisdiction over acts of murder, manslaughter or culpable homicide committed as violations of the laws and customs of war in territory which was part of Germany or under German occupation during the second world war by people who are now British citizens or resident in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel islands, but who did not have British nationality at the material time.

There is no reason to believe that anyone responsible for atrocities/war crimes committed in the Channel islands is in the United Kingdom.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 2 July.

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 2 July.

The Prime Minister : This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.


Environment

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of 18 June from the Minister for the Environment and Countryside, Official Report, column 664, when he expects to receive a response from the Group of Seven colleagues to his eight-point plan relating to global forecasting; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I wrote to G7 leaders proposing that they should commit themselves to action to follow up the agreements reached at the Earth summit. One of my specific proposals was that we should each commit ourselves to preparing and publishing national plans for action on biological diversity.

I hope we shall discuss these matters at the forthcoming summit in Munich.