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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 23rd May 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 23rd May 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

North-West Kent

Q7. Mr. Dunn: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit north-west Kent.

The Prime Minister: Although I have no current plans to do so, I hope such a visit will be possible in the near future.


Scotland

Q8. Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Prime Minister when he next intends to visit Scotland.

The Prime Minister: I have at present no plans to do so.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 23 May 1995.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 23 May.

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.


Intelligence and Security Committee

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Prime Minister whether he has yet received a report from the Intelligence and Security Committee on the discharge of its functions under the Intelligence Services Act 1994.

The Prime Minister: I can confirm that I have recently received an interim report from the Intelligence and Security Committee, setting out the broad pattern of its work to date and outlining some of its future priorities for inquiry. I do not consider that the report contains any matter whose publication would be prejudicial to the continued discharge of the functions of the Secret Intelligence Service, Security Service or Government Communications Headquarters, and I have therefore today placed copies of it, as submitted by the Committee, in the Libraries of both Houses.


Nolan Committee

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will seek to extend the recommendations of the Nolan Committee concerning the conduct of Ministers and officials to include the Governor of the Bank of England and all senior members of his staff.

The Prime Minister: I have no plans to do so.


Antanas Gecas

Mr. Foulkes: To ask the Prime Minister for what period Antanas Gecas was employed by British intelligence.

The Prime Minister: It remains the Government's policy not to provide information on the operations at the security and intelligence agencies.


Majority Shareholdings

Mr. Byers: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those companies in which the holder of his office is a majority shareholder which (a) are currently in existence and (b) have been wound up in the past five years.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 22 May 1995]: None.


Bank of England

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister if the statement of Government policy set out in paragraph 5 of the Bank of England press release of the text of the Deputy Governor's speech to the City branch of the Institute of Directors on 13 December was authorised by him.

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave him on 29 March 1995 Official Report, column 640.