The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1991Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 12 November 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 12th November 1991.

Overseas Visits
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost to the Exchequer of his visits abroad in 1990.
The Prime Minister : The cost of my visits abroad as Prime Minister in 1990 was £93,830.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Prime Minister how many days he has spent abroad since assuming office.
The Prime Minister : I have spent 41 days abroad on official duties.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for 12 November.
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.
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Prime Minister how many letters he has received from Gibraltar concerning the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
The Prime Minister : I have received many representations concerning BCCI.
Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Prime Minister when he last met representatives of the Indonesian Government ; and what was the purpose of that meeting.
The Prime Minister : I met Dr. Habibie, the Indonesian Minister for Research and Technology on 19 June. We discussed a number of issues including commercial co-operation, particularly in the aerospace sector.
East Timor
Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has had regarding the Indonesian occupation of East Timor; and if he will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : We receive frequent representations on the subject of East Timor. We support the efforts of the United Nations Secretary General to promote a settlement acceptable to all parties.
No. 10 Downing Street
Mr. Gould : To ask the Prime Minister (1) what recent assessment he has made of the current standards of horticulture in the gardens of 10 Downing Street;
(2) what consideration he has given to the security implications of the proposed contracting out of the management of the Downing Street gardens.
The Prime Minister : The security implications of a contractor maintaining gardens in Downing Street are considered in the same way as they are when other contractors’ staff undertake work in Downing Street or its gardens. The standards of gardening in 10 Downing Street are high. Those standards will be maintained or improved when the work is bought in from the private sector.