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1994 - PMQT Written Answers 5th May 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 5th May 1994.


PRIME MINISTER:

Convention on Human Rights

Mr. Allen : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to incorporate the European convention on human rights into British law.

The Prime Minister : None.


Mobile Telephones and Pagers

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) portable telephones, (b) pagers and electronic bleepers and (c) car telephones are currently used by his Department; what are the annual costs of operating this equipment; and to which personnel it is made available.

The Prime Minister : There are 14 portable telephones, 19 pagers and four car telephones currently in use in No. 10 Downing street. The annual cost of operating the equipment is approximately £12,800. The equipment is made available to those personnel who need to keep in contact with the office for purposes of official duty.


Cyprus

Mr. Cox : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of Turkey on the present United Nations-sponsored talks on Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I discussed the United Nations-sponsored package of confidence-building measures with Mrs. Ciller in the margins of the NATO summit on 10 January. I sent her a message on 6 April urging her to encourage Mr. Denktash to adopt a more constructive approach to the negotiations on the package. The United Nations Secretary-General will shortly submit a report on the talks to the United Nations Security Council.


Engagements

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

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

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.