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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 2nd March 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 2nd March 1993.


PRIME MINISTER:

Engagements

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

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

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

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.


Catering

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on catering at 10 Downing Street and Chequers in 1991-92 and 1992-93 to date.

The Prime Minister : The information is not available in the form requested. The cost of official hospitality met by my office was £40,976 in 1991-92 and is £25,835 in 1992-93 to date.


Higher and Further Education

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Prime Minister what has been the effect on the estimates for (a) the Department for Education and (b) the Welsh Office as a result of functional changes in higher and further education.

The Prime Minister : The supply estimates for 1993-94, due to be published on 9 March, for the Department for Education's higher and further education vote, class X, vote 2, will show provision totalling £2,806,458,000 for grant-in-aid to the Higher Education Funding Council (England) which, from 1 April 1993, will be responsible for the distribution of grants to all publicly funded higher education institutions in England. This will replace provision formerly shown separately in the estimates for expenditure on universities in Great Britain distributed by the Universities Funding Council; for the former polytechnics and colleges of higher education in England distributed by Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council; for the Open university; for the Royal College of Art; and for Cranfield institute of technology. The 1993-94 estimates, class X, votes 2 and 3, will show provision totalling £2,705,411,000 for grant- in-aid to the Further Education Funding Council in England which from 1 April will be responsible for distributing grant to further education establishments and sixth form colleges in England currently under local authority control. Similarly, the relevant supply estimate for the Welsh Office, class XV, vote 5, will show grant-in-aid provision for further and higher education institutions in Wales to be distributed by the Further Education Council in Wales--£143,846,000--and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales--£178,975,000--including in the latter case provision for universities in Wales which in 1992-93 are supported by the Universities Funding Council. The supply estimates for 1993-94 are subject to parliamentary approval in due course.