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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 26th November 1996

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


PRIME MINISTER:

Ghurkas

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister what action he has taken to implement his undertaking to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal at Downing Street on 12 November to consider (a) bringing Gurkhas' pension rights nearer to those of British service personnel and (b) allowing more Gurkha wives to accompany their husbands on overseas duty.

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces to the hon. Member for Bolton, South-East (Mr. Young) on 20 November, Official Report, column 613.


Engagements

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

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.


United Nations Secretary-General

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the President of the United States on the future of Dr. Boutros Ghali as Secretary-General of the United Nations; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: Her Majesty's Government have had frequent high-level discussions in recent months with the United States Administration on a wide range of UN issues, including the election of the UN Secretary-General.