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1994 - PMQT Written Answers 24th May 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 24th May 1994.


PRIME MINISTER:

Post Office Privatisation

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer from the President of the Board of Trade of 17 May, Official Report, column 389, if he will institute an inquiry to establish the source of the leak which disclosed the President's preferred option for Post Office privatisation.

The Prime Minister : We are considering whether a leak inquiry would be justified.


Stephan Adolphus Kock

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Prime Minister what duties Stephan Adolphus Kock has performed for (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Ministry of Defence, (c) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (d) the Department of Trade and Industry and (e) any other Department between 1964 and 1979; and in which countries overseas each of these duties was carried out.

The Prime Minister : Mr. Kock performed no official duties for any Government Department during the period 1964-79. It remains the Government's policy not to comment on the contacts which an individual may or may not have had with the security and intelligence agencies.


Baroness Thatcher (Overseas Visits)

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Prime Minister what meetings were held by the former Prime Minister and her officials with representatives of the Indonesian Government during her visit to Indonesia in April 1985; and what issues were discussed at each of those meetings.

The Prime Minister : During her visit to Indonesia in April 1985, my right hon. and noble Friend and her officials met President Soeharto, the Foreign Minister, the Minister for Research and Technology, the Minister for Education, 10 Cabinet Ministers concerned with the economy, the governor of West Java and the director of the British Council. Issues discussed included oil prices, technical co-operation, China, Cambodia, East Timor, defence and economic, developmental and international matters.

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Prime Minister what meetings were held with representatives of the Thai Government by the former Prime Minister and her officials during her visit to Thailand in August 1988; and what issues were discussed at each of those meetings.

The Prime Minister : My right hon. and noble Friend and her officials met the outgoing Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, his successor, General Chatichai Choonhavan, deputy Prime Minister, Admiral Sonthee Boonyachai, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Air Chief Marshal Siddhi Savetsili. My right hon. and noble Friend also had an audience with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

The situation in Cambodia was the main focus of the discussions. Other issues covered included trade, drug co-operation, defence, education, and regional economic and developmental matters.

Mr. Tom Clarke : To ask the Prime Minister what meetings were held by the former Prime Minister and her officials with representatives of the Jordanian Government during her visit to Jordan in September 1985; and what issues were discussed at each of those meetings.

The Prime Minister : My right hon. and noble Friend held meetings with King Hussein, Crown Prince Hassan and Prime Minister Zeid Rifai. Discussions with the King and the Jordanian Prime Minister concentrated on the Arab/Israel question, and those with the Crown Prince on the Jordanian economy.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 24 May.

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 24 May.

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.