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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 26th March 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 26th March 1996.


PRIME MINISTER:

Cyprus

Mr. Cox: To ask the Prime Minister when he last discussed Cyprus with President Clinton; what issues were discussed; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs discussed Cyprus with the then Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Holbrooke, on 14 February. We remain in close touch with the United States. We are committed to finding a settlement in Cyprus within the framework of the United Nations process, in consultation with the United States, the European Union and other partners.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 26 March.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 26 March.

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.


Ministers (City Sponsorship)

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Prime Minister what the criteria are for making appointments of sponsor Ministers for individual cities.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 22 March 1996]: The duties and responsibilities of sponsor Ministers are to support Government regeneration and competitiveness initiatives through publicity and contact with local civic and business leaders and to act as a channel for communicating local concerns.


Royal Palaces (Works of Art)

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the value of the works of art in the royal palaces that are in the ownership of Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 25 March 1996]: The royal collection is not the responsibility of Government. The responsibility for works of art in the royal palaces rests with the Royal Collection Trust. Any questions concerning the royal collection should be addressed to the trust.