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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 22nd April 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 22nd April 1993.


PRIME MINISTER:

Lichfield

Q8. Mr. Fabricant : To ask the Prime Minister when he next plans to pay an official visit to Lichfield and its cathedral.

The Prime Minister : I am making plans for a series of visits to all parts of the country and hope to include Staffordshire among them.


Mr. Stephen Kock

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Prime Minister what the official duties of Mr. Stephen Adolphus Kock have been since 1990.

The Prime Minister : None.


Incomes Policy

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce an incomes policy.

The Prime Minister : The Government have no such plans.


Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 22 April.

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 22 April.

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.


Serbia (Sanctions)

Mr. Mackinlay : To ask the Prime Minister to what extent the new sanctions against Serbia Montenegro prevent or limit British nationals, or public relations consultancies based in the United Kingdom, from promoting or representing in the United Kingdom the interests of (a) the Government of Yugoslavia, (b) the Government of Montenegro, (c) the Government of Serbia and (d) the Bosnian Serb leadership.

The Prime Minister : United Nations Security Council resolution 820 of 17 April 1993 prevents British nationals or public relations consultancies based in the United Kingdom from promoting or representing in the United Kingdom the interests of the Governments of Serbia and Montenegro.


Western Goals Institute

Mr. Hain : To ask the Prime Minister which Downing street policy advisers have spoken at meetings of the Western Goals Institute (a) from 1979 to 1990 and (b) since 1990; and what meetings Government Ministers have had with officers of the Western Goals Institute since 1979.

The Prime Minister : The activities of the Western Goals Institute are wholly incompatible with the policies of the Government and the Conservative party. I am not aware of any contacts between Government Ministers or officials and the Western Goals Institute.


South African Conservative Party

Mr. Hain : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions Ministers have had with representatives of the South African Conservative party since 1979.

The Prime Minister : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary visited South Africa in September 1992 as leader of the EC troika. He met leaders of all major groups including the Conservative party. The Government have kept in contact with all the main parties in South Africa in the context of encouraging progress towards a democratic, non-racial constitution.


Bosnia

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what is his current assessment of the results of the London accord on Bosnia of last summer ; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : The statement on Bosnia resulting from the London conference on the former Yugoslavia in August 1992 set out a number of provisions to be included in a peace settlement and called upon the parties to resume negotiations. The international conference on the former Yugoslavia, under the co-chairmanship of Lord Owen and Mr. Vance, has since worked tirelessly to establish a peace plan building on these principles. The Bosnian Muslims and Croats have signed all the elements of the peace plan. But the Bosnian Serbs continue to refuse to agree the interim government arrangements and the maps. The United Nations Security Council has now adopted a further resolution setting out extremely tough sanctions which will be imposed on the Serbs if they remain intransigent.


B. Dixon-Bate Ltd.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Prime Minister if he will visit the company headquarters of B. Dixon-Bate Ltd.

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


Mr. Ghazanfer Ali

Mr. Madden : To ask the Prime Minister what further information he has received about court proceedings in Pakistan concerning Mr. Ghazanfer Ali.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 21 April 1993] : The two murder charges facing Mr. Ghazanfer Ali were heard on 13 and 14 March and adjourned until 8 and 12 April. We have been informed that they have been further adjourned until 27 April and 10 May.