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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 23rd April 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 23rd April 1996.


PRIME MINISTER:

Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 23 April.

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 23 April.

The Prime Minister: This morning, I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.


Lake Kojanovskoe, Russia

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had at the Groups of Eight nuclear safety and security summit in Moscow of radioactive contamination of Lake Kojanovskoe.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 22 April 1996]: The specific questions of contamination levels in Lake Kojanovskoe did not arise at the summit.


Third-party Liability Convention

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister what reasons he had from the Ukraine and Russia in respect of the signature and ratification of the Vienna convention on third-party liability.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 22 April 1996]: I understand that both Russia and the Ukraine have indicated that they intend to join the Vienna convention. As a first step, both are currently in the process of developing compatible national legislation.


Beef Industry

Sir Julian Critchley: To ask the Prime Minister what is his policy in respect of requiring the feed and meat processing industries to make a contribution to the culling of the nation's cows.

The Prime Minister: My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food made a statement to the House on 16 April, Official Report, columns 513-16, covering measures for the removal of cattle over 30 months of age from the human food chain, and on the possibility of a selective cull of animals potentially at high risk from bovine spongiform encephalopathy.