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 – 4 December 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 4th December 1991.



Live Television Feed

Mr. Allen : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the locations of the television sets in his Department which can receive the live television feed from the Chamber and the total cost to his Department of this service.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 3 December 1991] : The cost of receiving live television feeds from the Chamber to 10 Downing Street is £2,925.


Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Nellist : To ask the Prime Minister if he will issue guidance to Ministers to ensure that any parliamentary question answered by an agency begins by quoting verbatim the parliamentary question asked.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 2 December 1991] : My right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council recently announced the Government’s proposal that replies from agency chief executives to written parliamentary questions should be published and that he would be pursuing the proposal with the House authorities– Official Report, 27 November, column 558. We hope that new arrangements can be implemented soon and at that point will issue guidance on the arrangements to Departments and agencies. In preparing such guidance, we shall certainly bear in mind the suggestion made by the hon. Member.