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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 15th February 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 15th February 1996.


PRIME MINISTER:

Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 15 February.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 15 February.

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.


Council of Ministers

Mr. Steen: To ask the Prime Minister how many directives have been passed through the Council of Ministers in each of last five years.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 14 February 1996]: The Commission's most up-to-date figures for the number of Council directives in the last five years are:

      1991: 68

      1992: 93

      1993: 66

      1994: 49

      1995: 31


Ghazanfer Ali

Mr. Madden: To ask the Prime Minister if he will call for a further report into the case of Ghazanfer Ali who is detained in prison in Mirpur city in Azad Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: I understand that Mr. Ali, a Pakistani national, has now been formally charged with murder and the illegal possession of arms and that he is making regular appearances in court. The next hearing are scheduled for 24 and 29 February. My right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary will continue to monitor his case on humanitarian grounds.