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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 31st January 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 31st January 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Mr. Ian Henderson

Mr. Galloway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the capacities in which Mr. Ian Henderson, currently head of Bahrain's security and intelligence services, has been employed by Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister: Mr. Ian Henderson served in the colonial police service in Kenya from 1948 until Kenyan independence in 1963. In that capacity, he was an employee of Her Majesty's overseas civil service.


Standard Chartered Bank

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Prime Minister when he last met the chairman of the Standard Chartered bank; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: The chairman of the Standard Chartered bank was present at a lunch given in honour of the Indian Prime Minister on 14 March 1994.

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Prime Minister when he last met the Prime Minister of India; and if he discussed the position of the Standard Chartered bank.

The Prime Minister: I last met the Prime Minister of India when he visited the United Kingdom from 13 to 16 March 1994. We did not discuss the Standard Chartered bank.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 31 January.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 31 January.

The Prime Minister: This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall be having further meetings later today.


Parliamentary Salaries (Deductions)

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Prime Minister if he will support a proposal that all remuneration received by hon. Members for parliamentary duties from outside sources should be deducted from parliamentary salary in the same way that deductions are made from income support.

The Prime Minister: Hon. Members are entitled to the parliamentary salary as the remuneration payable to them as Members of this House. There are well-established procedures for determining this.


N. M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd.

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Prime Minister if he will provide estimates for the total amount that has been paid to N. M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd. with respect to any work undertaken by it on privatisation programmes in which his Department has been engaged since 1979 after taking account of inflation.

The Prime Minister: None.


Lockerbie

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his letter of 25 January, whether in order to honour Her Majesty's Government's commitment in the letter to obtain justice for all the victims of the Lockerbie crime, he will discuss with Chancellor Kohl the possibility of the Scottish police interviewing Hafey Dalkamoni before such time as he is released.

The Prime Minister: There is no need for me to have such a discussion with Chancellor Kohl. My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate has repeatedly stated that he cannot make public details of what inquiries, including interviews, have been or may be carried out in this case. It would be a matter for him to request legal assistance from the competent German authorities, if the Scottish police and Crown Office did indeed consider it necessary for any one in Germany to be interviewed or re-interviewed.


Ian Greer Associates

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions departmental officials met representatives of Ian Greer Associates (a) formally and (b) informally on 26 January to discuss matters relating to their clients' interests.

The Prime Minister: None.