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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 16th May 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 16th May 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 2 May 1995.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 16 May.

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.


Lockerbie

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will raise at the United Nations the letter of 20 February from the Bundesminsterium der Justig to Mrs. Lisa Mosey of Glossop, relating to the Lockerbie bombing, a copy of which has been sent to him.

The Prime Minister: No.


Review Bodies

Mr. Shersby: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the current membership of the School Teachers Review Body and the Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration.

The Prime Minister: The current membership, with effect from 1 April 1995, is as follows:

Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration

Mr. Brandon Gough (Chairman)

Ms Christina Boyden

Miss Sally Field

Dr. Elizabeth Nelson

Mr. David Penton

Mr. Michael Innes

Mr. John Bennigsen

Mrs. Beryl Brewer

School Teachers Review Body

Mr. John Gardiner (Chairman)

Mrs. Brigita Amey

Mrs. Gill Rostron

Mrs. Anna Vinton

Mr. Michael Harding

Mrs. Julia Cuthbertson

Mr. Phillip Halsey CB LVO

Mrs. Elizabeth Drummond

Sir Alan Cox CBE

Lady Cobham

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Prime Minister how many quangos Lady Cobham has been appointed to; and if he will list them; and what salary is paid to her in respect of each appointment.

The Prime Minister: According to the information available to the public appointments unit, Lady Cobham currently holds four ministerial appointments to public bodies as follows:

Body                                     |Post   |Salary        

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London Docklands development corporation |Member |£6,830        

Museum and Galleries Commission          |Member |Unpaid        

Victoria and Albert museum               |Trustee|Unpaid        

Historic Palaces advisory group          |Member |Unpaid        


Hong Kong

Mr. McMaster: To ask the Prime Minister what is his latest assessment of the potential to maintain and develop trade links with Hong Kong in future years; what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government to encourage inward investment from and outward investment to Hong Kong; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: Hong Kong is our 12th largest market and I expect trading links to continue at this level well into the future. The Department of Trade and Industry maintains a strong promotional programme to encourage British business to take full advantage of the opportunities Hong Kong offers. British investment in Hong Kong, which is very substantial, continues to grow. The Department of Trade and Industry's Invest in Britain Bureau has recently established an office in Hong Kong to encourage greater flows of investment from the Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong.


Former Prime Ministers

Mr. McMaster: To ask the Prime Minister what (a) allowances and (b) facilities are currently available to former Prime Ministers who serve in (i) either or (ii) neither House of Parliament.

The Prime Minister: In addition to the normal allowances for which they are eligible as members of either House of Parliament, former Prime Ministers receive a financial allowance to help meet the continuing additional office costs which they are liable to incur because of their special positions in public life. This allowance is payable in respect of actual office and secretarial expenses incurred in connection with public duties arising from their previous tenure of the office of Prime Minister, up to an amount equal to that of the parliamentary office costs allowance. The allowance is not payable to a former Prime Minister occupying the position of Leader of the Opposition and therefore in receipt of Short money.

Other facilities available to all former Prime Ministers are: physical protection, as necessary; the use of an official car; access to the official papers of their Administration. Briefing and help from local posts may also be provided in connection with overseas visits.


Public Bodies

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Prime Minister which non-departmental bodies within the responsibility of his Department are subject to scrutiny by (a) the ombudsmen, (b) the National Audit Office, (c) the Audit Commission and (d) other monitoring officers; which are covered by the citizens charters; in which performance indicators apply; and in which members are liable to surcharge.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 15 May 1995]: None.