The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1992Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 12 March 1992

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 12th March 1992.



Income Tax

Mr. McCartney : To ask the Prime Minister how many letters he has received in the past six months calling for cuts in the standard rate of income tax.

The Prime Minister : I have received a number of representations on a range of taxation issues.


Ministerial Visits

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the number and purpose of each of his and his predecessor’s visits to Liverpool in each of the years 1979 to 1991 inclusive.

The Prime Minister : I am making plans for a series of visits to all parts of the country and hope to include Liverpool among them. My right hon. Friend the Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher) made four official visits to Liverpool.


Mirror Group Pension Funds

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 2 March, Official Report, column 31, to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe, if he has now made a decision on whether to meet a deputation from the committee representing the staffs of Mirror Group Newspapers about the recovery of pension assets from the banks which are holding them ; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : My hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury will be writing to Mr. David Thompson, chairman of the committee representing the staff of Mirror Group Newspapers, very shortly.



Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for 12 March.

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.


Northern Region

Mr. Trotter : To ask the Prime Minister whether he will list the Government’s achievements in the northern region since 1987 ; and whether he will list by Government Department the principal aid given to the northern region since 1987.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 11 March 1992] : The information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Teignbridge (Mr. Nicholls) on 16 December at columns 22-25.