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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 29th June 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 29th June 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Ministerial Visits

Q8. Mr. Dunn: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit Kent.

The Prime Minister: I will be making a visit to Kent shortly.


Sustainable Development

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Prime Minister how much time was spent discussing the ecological sustainability of the world economy at the Group of Seven summit in the current year.

The Prime Minister: Sustainable development and safeguarding the environment formed an important part of our discussions at the Halifax summit. I refer the hon. Gentleman in particular to paragraphs 25, 26 and 31 33 of the G7 communique, which I have placed in the Library of the House.


Ministerial Salaries

Mr. McMaster: To ask the Prime Minister what is the current limit on the maximum amount of members of the Government, including whips and members of the House of Lords, who are entitled to ministerial salaries; what plans he has to change this; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: The Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975 limits the number of salaries that may be paid to Government office holders to 110. I have no plans to change this.


Former Prime Ministers

Mr. McMaster: To ask the Prime Minister in what circumstances visits overseas by former Prime Ministers are paid for from the public purse; if he will publish a table showing such visits since 1970; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: As for anyone else, visits overseas by former Prime Minister are paid for from public funds only when it is in the public interest to do so.

Information about any such visits is not held centrally and is available only at disproportionate cost.


Knighthoods

Dr. Wright: To ask the Prime Minister how many Conservative hon. Members have received knighthoods since 1979; and if he will list their names; and what are the criteria for the political services on which such awards are based.

The Prime Minister: Some 122 Conservative hon. Members have received knighthoods since 1979. The names of the recipients have been published in the London Gazette. It is not the practice to reveal details of the criteria on which such awards are based.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 29 June.

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.