Biography Chronology Home Search Speeches/Statements

1995 - PMQT Written Answers 19th October 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 19th October 1995.


PRIME MINISTER:

Government Policy

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has had with the First Secretary of State since July to discuss the co-ordination of Government policy.

The Prime Minister: I have had regular meetings with ministerial colleagues since July.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 19 October.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 19 October.

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.


Ex-service Affairs Unit

Mr. Alfred Morris: To ask the Prime Minister what further representations he has had from the Royal British Legion in relation to its campaign for an ex-service affairs unit in Whitehall; what replies he has sent; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: As far as I am aware, none.


General Pinochet

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Prime Minister which members of Her Majesty's Government met General Pinochet during his recent visit to London; and what effort was made to condemn the regime he presided over in Chile from 1973 to 1990.

The Prime Minister: No members of Her Majesty's Government met General Pinochet during his recent visit. Our views on the military regime of 1973 to 1990 are well known.


Conservative Party Leadership

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Prime Minister how many civil servants, including special advisers, were involved in the recent campaign in official time or in their own time for the election of the leader of the Conservative party and for which candidate; and what are the normal working hours of these civil servants.

The Prime Minister: Special advisers taking part in political activities, such as the election for the leader of the Conservative party, are required to do so during leave or in their own time in addition to fulfilling their normal duties. In these circumstances, it is not appropriate to give details of those involved. Special advisers normally work a five-day week of 41 hours including meal breaks, which is standard for civil servants in the London area.