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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 11th February 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 11th February 1993.


PRIME MINISTER:

Definition of Regions

Mr. Radice : To ask the Prime Minister what proposals he has to co- ordinate the definitions of regions used by Government Departments.

Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Prime Minister what steps are being taken by his Government to ensure that Government Departments use a standard definition of the English regions.

The Prime Minister : There is a standard definition of the regions which many Departments use, particularly for statistical purposes. The structures they use for administrative purposes are often based on that definition, while also taking account of the regional pattern which is best suited to managing the services for which each is responsible.


Pensions and Benefits

Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Prime Minister if he will set up arrangements for (a) the targeted non means-tested retirement pensions and the child cash allowances and (b) the income support measures to be considered in a new department subordinate to the Chancellor of the Exchequer equivalent to the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise systems.

The Prime Minister : No.


Trident

Mr. Streeter : To ask the Prime Minister what conclusions he has reached on the decision for the Trident refitting contract.

The Prime Minister : I have nothing to add to the replies given on 9 February, Official Report, columns 571-72, by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence to the hon. Members for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham) and for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Mr. McKelvey) respectively.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 11 February.

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 11 February.

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.