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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 31st October 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 31st October 1996.


PRIME MINISTER:

Queen's Speech

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Vote Office copies of the consolidated press lobby briefing on the Queen's Speech.

The Prime Minister: Copies of the background notes have been placed in the Library of the House.


Data Protection

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether (i) the security services and (ii) GCHQ have registered under the Data Protection Act 1984; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if the intelligence services have registered under the Data Protection Act 1984; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: No. Agencies holding personal data for the purpose of safeguarding national security are exempt from registration under section 27 of the Data Protection Act 1984. The exemption is kept under review.


Engagements

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 31 October.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 31 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.