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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 27th April 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 27th April 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Turkey

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit Turkey to discuss the situation of Kurdish people.

The Prime Minister: I have no plans at present to visit Turkey.


Local Education Authorities

Mr. Fisher: To ask the Prime Minister if he will identify the evidence in Social Trends for his figures on the ratio of local education authority administrators to teachers in schools.

The Prime Minister: The source is more appropriate and relevant for this issue than Social Trends. The figures are published by the Local Government Management Board, revealing that there are more than two non-teaching staff for every three teachers.

The figures show that in June 1994 local education authorities in England employed 376,665 full-time equivalent teachers and lecturers and 316,244 full-time equivalent other manual and non-manual staff involved in education.

This makes a ratio of 2.5 non-teaching staff to three teachers.


Lockerbie

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Linlithgow from the Lord President of the Council, 3 April 1995, Official Report, column 1388, whether it is Her Majesty's Government's policy to eschew further inquiry into the Lockerbie crime.

The Prime Minister: No. The criminal investigation into the Lockerbie bombing remains open.


Regency Act 1937

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister what is the parliamentary timetable for consideration of the proposal of the Law Commission to amend section 2(2) of the Regency Act 1937; what consultations have been held with the governments of other countries of which Her Majesty the Queen is head of state; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 25 April 1995]: The Statute Law (Repeals) Bill received its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 20 April and has been referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills in accordance with the usual procedure for consolidation Bills.

No consultations have been held with the Governments of other countries of which Her Majesty the Queen is head of state.

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the implications of amending the Regency Act 1937 in relation to the provisions of the Statute of Westminster Act 1931.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 25 April 1995]: The proposed repeal of the words "and to the Government of India" in section 2(2) of the Regency Act 1937 has no implications in relation to the Statue of Westminster 1931. The reference to the Government of India in section 2(2) of the 1937 Act is there because India did not fall within the term "dominions" as defined by section 1 of the Statute of Westminster 1931.