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1992 - PMQT Written Answers 5th November 1992

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 5th November 1992.


PRIME MINISTER:

Maastricht Treaty

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy that concessions to Denmark on citizenship in relation to the treaty on European union will be extended to the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister : The United Kingdom is committed to ratifying the treaty on European union as it stands.

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's policy in relation to the Danish Government's proposals relating to article 8 of the treaty on European union.

The Prime Minister : A Danish proposal was agreed by the Folketing on 30 October. This will now be discussed by EC member states. The presidency's task is to take forward this discussion, and to reach a framework agreement on a solution for Denmark at the Edinburgh European Council.

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister what tax advantages nationals of other member states resident in the United Kingdom who take advantage of the provisions of article 8b of the treaty on European union will continue to enjoy.

The Prime Minister : The United Kingdom tax position of nationals of other member states will continue to depend on their individual residence and domicile status. This status is not expected to be significantly affected by the provisions of article 8b of the treaty on European union.

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister what is his policy towards ratification by other member states of the treaty on European union in the absence of ratification by Denmark.

The Prime Minister : The Birmingham European Council reaffirmed the importance of concluding ratification of the Maastricht treaty as soon as possible. All member states, including Denmark, are working towards this. The treaty cannot, however, enter into force until all member states have ratified.


Citizenship

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received in favour of British citizens becoming European citizens.

The Prime Minister : None. European citizenship is supplementary to national citizenship and in no way replaces it. We in the United Kingdom remain responsible for deciding who shall be nationals of this country.


East Timor

Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Prime Minister if, as President of the European Council, he will make further representations to the Indonesian Government to stop all repressive actions in East Timor around the 12 November anniversary of the massacre in Santa Cruz cemetery.

The Prime Minister : The Indonesians are already fully aware of the views of the British Government and of our European Community partners.

Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Prime Minister if, as President of the European Council, he will request the Indonesian authorities to allow a diplomatic mission to Dili, East Timor, for the period including 12 November.

The Prime Minister : No. Diplomatic Missions in Jakarta are able to visit East Timor and do so.


Subsidiarity

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister if the Government will ensure that the principle of subsidiarity is applied to fiscal and monetary policy.

The Prime Minister : The principle of subsidiarity is set out in article 3b of the treaty on European union and applies to all areas of Community competence.


Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 5 November.

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 5 November.

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.