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 – 19 November 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 19th November 1991.



Executive Agencies (Disabled Workers)

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 11 November, Official Report, column 356, if he will list the six Departments and agencies which exceeded a 3 per cent. level of staff registered as disabled in 1990.

The Prime Minister : In 1990 more than 3 per cent. of employees were registered disabled in each of the following departments and agencies : Crown Estate Office; Department of Employment Group; Land Registry; National Investment and Loans Office; Paymaster General’s Office; Registers of Scotland.


Departmental Annual Report

Sir Gerard Vaughan : To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will arrange for the common core memorandum on departmental annual reports issued by Her Majesty’s Treasury in July to be further revised to include in section D research and development undertaken by or sponsored by the Department;

(2) if he will make it the practice for all departmental annual reports to include as part of their common core information a statement of research and development activity sponsored by or undertaken by the Department.

The Prime Minister : All departments with significant levels of spending on research and development already include relevant material in their departmental annual reports. Past and planned spending by departments on research and development was set out in table 4.13 of the “Statistical Supplement to the 1990 Autumn Statement”, Cm. 1520. Up-to-date information will be published early next year in the “Statistical Supplement to the 1991 Autumn Statement”. Extensive additional information is published by the Cabinet Office in the annual review of Government-funded research and development. The requirements for the 1993 departmental reports will be reviewed in the light of comments on the 1992 reports from Select Committees and others.


Health Promotion

Mr. David Porter : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to co-ordinate the activities of the Departments of Health and of Education and Science on including health promotion and self health care into the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : It is already the policy of both Departments to work together closely in order to secure that young people are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote their immediate and long-term good health. To that end, aspects of health education are already included, wherever relevant, in several national curriculum foundation subjects.



Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for 19 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.