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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 25th June 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 25th June 1996.


PRIME MINISTER:

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those parliamentary constituencies he has visited in the last three months on official business and those constituencies he intends to visit in the next three months; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: During the last three months I have made official visits to the following constituencies:

      Glasgow, Kelvin,

      Stirling

      Edinburgh Central,

      Gordon

      Aberdeen North

      North Warwickshire

      Nuneaton

      Rugby and Kenilworth

      Warwick and Leamington

      Stratford on Avon

      Derbyshire South

      Cardiff South and Penarth

Details of future visits are not given for security reasons.


Prime Minister's Question Time

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister how much time he devotes to preparing for Prime Minister's questions.

The Prime Minister: As much as is necessary.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 25 June.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 25 June.

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.


Animal Feedstuffs

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence and minutes of meetings between Mr. John Whitfield, the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mrs. Taylor) from 1983 to 1987, Prosper De Mulder Ltd. and Government Departments relating to the use of meat and bone products in animal feeds; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 21 June 1996]: No. It is not normal policy to publish such correspondence. The Government's response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy has from the outset been informed by, and based on, our scientific knowledge of the disease. The Government encourage the publication of research relating to BSE, in particular where it has been funded and commissioned by MAFF. The BSE eradication plan, published by the Government on 31 May and available in the Library of the House, lists all the MAFF commissioned research on BSE to date. I also refer the hon. Member to my statement in the House on 24 June, Official Report, columns 21-24.