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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 2nd February 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 2nd February 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Ministerial Visits

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Prime Minister what proposals he has to visit Belfast, South.

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 2 February.

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.


Countryside Council for Wales

Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 26 January, Official Report, column 300, to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Morgan), if he will list the representations he has received concerning the impact of reduced activity by the Countryside Council for Wales on the commitment arising from the biodiversity convention under the Rio treaty; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: I have now received three such representations--from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wales Wildlife and Countryside Link and a member of the public. My right hon. Friend has no plans to privatise the Countryside Council for Wales.


Cabinet Office Funding

Mr. Duncan: To ask the Prime Minister what proposals there are to change the 1994 95 cash limit or running costs limit for the Cabinet Office: other service vote.

The Prime Minister: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for the Cabinet Office: Other Services, class XIX, vote 1, will be increased by £1,500,000 from £44,833,000 to £46,333,000. At the same time the running costs limit will be increased by £1,000,000 from £43,214,000 to £44, 214,000.

The increases reflect transfers from the Cabinet Office: Office of Public Service and Science, class XVIII, vote 1, of £500,000 for central services and £1,000,000 running costs coverage in respect of functions already transferred to class XIX, vote 1.

Both increases are offset by inter-departmental transfers and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.