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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 7th March 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 7th March 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 7 March.

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 7 March 1995.

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.


Innovation and Technology Transfer

Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister what progress has been made with the review announced in the White Paper, "Scotland in Union", of the scope for transferring from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Scottish and Welsh Offices responsibility for measures which encourage industrial innovation and technology transfer in Scotland and Wales.

The Prime Minister: The review has been completed. It concluded that responsibility for the Smart and Spur schemes, which provide grants for the development of new products and processes and for design services in Scotland and Wales, should be transferred. In addition, it has now been agreed that responsibility for new measures to support innovation locally will be transferred to the Secretary of State for Scotland as soon as the administrative arrangements have been completed.


Civil Servants

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister whether he will instruct the Civil Service Commissioners to advertise for open competition at the previous rate of remuneration the post of any permanent secretary who wishes to take advantage of the recent pay award.

The Prime Minister: No.


Nuclear Non-proliferation Conference

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Prime Minister if he will be attending the conference on the future of the non-proliferation treaty to be held in New York in April and May.

The Prime Minister: No. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary plans to attend on 18 April.