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1994 - PMQT Written Answers 12th May 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 12th May 1994.


PRIME MINISTER:

United Nations Security Council

Q6. Dr. Godman : To ask the Prime Minister if, when he last met President Clinton, they discussed the structure, functions and membership of the Security Council of the United Nations; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : The structure, functions and membership of the United Nations Security Council were not discussed during my visit.


Ministerial Visits

Q9. Dr. Liam Fox : To ask the Prime Minister when he intends to pay an official visit to Woodspring.

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


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 12 May.

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 12 May.

Mr. Barry Jones : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 12 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.


Tigris and Euphrates Valleys

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister what latest assessment Her Majesty's Government have received from medical sources of the latest disease position in the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates, related to defective water-pump and water-filtering equipment.

The Prime Minister : I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 April, Official Report, column 599. We have not received any subsequent assessments or reports.


Savings Disregard

Mr. Eastham : To ask the Prime Minister what the reasons were for the discrepancy between his oral answer of 5 May, Official Report, column 843, and the answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security on 14 March, Official Report, column 480, in respect of the uprating of the savings disregard.

The Prime Minister : There is no discrepancy between my answer on the lower savings disregard and my hon. Friend's answer, which explained the basis of the formula affecting savings held between £3,000 and £8,000. There is no statutory requirement to increase the capital limits as part of the annual uprating of benefits. We keep the limits under review, but there are no current plans for change.


Scott Inquiry

Mr. Byers : To ask the Prime Minister how many current and former officials and Ministers in his Department, including the Cabinet Office, have been asked to give written or oral evidence to the Scott inquiry.

The Prime Minister : My predecesor and I have both given written and oral evidence to Lord Justice Scott's inquiry. In addition, one serving and one former official have given written and oral evidence relating to their respective service within the Prime Minister's Office and the Cabinet Office, and two former officials have submitted written evidence only.