The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997


PMQT Written Answers – 14 January 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 14th January 1991.


Hereditary Baronetcy Awards

Mr. Rees : To ask the Prime Minister what is his policy with regard to the considerations which he takes into account before making any recommendation for the award of a hereditary baronetcy; when this policy last changed; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : It was the policy of my predecessor to consider recommending hereditary honours in exceptional cases. I propose to follow a similar practice.

European Community

Mr. Allen : To ask the Prime Minister what treaty amendments are being considered for submission to the European Community.

The Prime Minister : The Conclusions of the Rome European Councils on 27 and 28 October and on 14 and 15 December listed a number of areas where treaty revision would be considered in the context of the intergovernmental conferences on political union and EMU.

Rural Housing

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Prime Minister if he will visit the Montgomery constituency to receive representations concerning housing for young people in rural areas.

The Prime Minister : I have no present plans to visit Montgomeryshire. Close partnership between local authorities, housing associations and the private sector is essential in securing appropriate housing for young people, as for others, in rural areas. Housing for Wales is giving strong assistance by devoting 25 per cent. of its programme to rural areas; its survey of housing and young people in rural Wales will help to target future investment.

Export Licences

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Prime Minister whether he has any plans to change the procedure for applying for export licences where there is a defence implication; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Gateshead, East (Ms. Quin) by my hon. Friend the Minister for Trade on 29 November 1990 at columns 1060-61.

Publicity and Advertising

Mr. Michael : To ask the Prime Minister, further to his reply on 17 December, Official Report, column 15, if he will publish the guidance given to departmental Ministers regarding the use of publicity and advertising paid for by public funds.

The Prime Minister : The conventions on Government publicity and advertising have already been published. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy on 28 June 1990 to my hon. Friend the Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Arbuthnot) at column 311.