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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 4th July 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 4th July 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 4 July.

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 4 July 1995.

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.


European Monetary Union

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister what is his policy towards the adoption of a single currency outside the rules of the European Union by countries wishing to do so.

The Prime Minister: The EC treaty now provides the institutional framework for the adoption of a single currency. It would not be legally permissible for any member states to adopt a single currency otherwise than in accordance with this framework if that prevented or fettered the discharge by the Community institutions of their functions in accordance with the treaty.

The United Kingdom's protocol, annexed to the EC treaty, means that the United Kingdom shall not be committed to move to the third stage of economic and monetary union without a separate decision to do so by its Government and Parliament.


Chemical Weapons Convention

Mr. Gapes: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his statement on the EU Cannes summit of 28 June, (1) when he plans to bring forward legislation to ratify the chemical weapons convention. (2) on what grounds he signed a statement calling for the chemical weapons convention to enter into force without delay.

The Prime Minister: The Government remain fully committed to the chemical weapons conventions. Primary legislation is required to implement the convention in the UK and to enable UK ratification. Work is going ahead on the preparation of the necessary legislation. It is the intention of my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade in the coming weeks to publish a bill in draft for consultation with a view to introducing it as soon as parliamentary time permits.


No. 10 Downing Street

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Prime Minister, if he will state the rules governing the making of announcements relating to party business in, or using the facilities of No. 10 Downing Street.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 30 June 1995]: Ministers under this and previous Administrations have been allowed--at their own or party expense--to make use of No. 10 Downing Street for party business, except for certain purposes during general elections.