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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 9th February 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 9th February 1993.


PRIME MINISTER:

Eastbourne

Q10. Mr. Waterson : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to make another official visit to Eastbourne.

The Prime Minister : I have no immediate plans to do so.


Railways (Capital Investment)

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish an analysis of the economic and employment effects of £500 million extra capital investment in railways compared with the same sum spent on supporting deep coal mining.

The Prime Minister : The economic and employment effects of £500 million extra capital expenditure on the railways would depend on the nature of the investment and on its economic return. The effect of spending the same amount on supporting deep coal mining would depend on the industry's ability to exploit the opportunity for subsidised sales in the market circumstances it faced. In either case, account would of course need to be taken where the money would be found as well as how it would be spent.


Public Inquiries

Ms. Walley : To ask the Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure co-operation between the Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Transport in respect of public inquiries into harbour revision orders and on energy policy; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : It is normal practice for the Department of Transport to consult other Departments, where appropriate, in respect of proposals for the making of harbour revision orders.


Republic of Ireland

Mr. Trimble : To ask the Prime Minister what current discussions are taking place with the Government of the Republic of Ireland about the events of February 1970 involving the Government of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister : None.

Mr. Trimble : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions are taking place with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on state-sponsored terrorism.

The Prime Minister : The Government are fully committed to close co-operation with the Government of the Republic of Ireland against all forms of terrorism which threaten our two countries. Both countries are in regular contact on matters of mutual concern.


Departmental Library

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will obtain for his Office's library a book, the title of which has been supplied to him by the hon. Member for Linlithgow.

The Prime Minister : My office has a copy.


Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 9 February.

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