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 – 10 November 1992

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 10th November 1992.



Economic Policy

Q9. Mr. Raynsford : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government’s new economic policy including his forecasts for growth in the financial years 1992-93 and 1993-94.

The Prime Minister : The Government’s central objective remains to achieve sustainable and non-inflationary growth. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor set out details of the Government’s economic policy in his Mansion House speech of 30 October. He will be announcing the Government’s spending plans and publishing a new forecast for the economy in 1993 in the autumn statement.


Official Statistics

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister what provisions are made to ensure that Ministers and others in Government service are not permitted to take personal advantage of access to official statistics before they are published.

The Prime Minister : “Questions of Procedure for Ministers” makes and the civil service code make it clear that both Ministers and civil servants should avoid any conflict of interest between their official duties and private interests. Ministers and civil servants are bound by the provisions of the Companies Securities (Insider Dealing) Act 1985. Copies of “Questions of Procedure” and the code are in the Library.



Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 10 November.

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 10 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.


Pit Closures

Mr. Madden : To ask the Prime Minister (1) when he arranged for the telephone line in his office for views on pit closures to be closed and callers told to write instead; and what arrangements he is making for more telephone lines to his office to enable the public to make calls, the substance of which can be logged for record purposes ;

(2) if he will publish the telephone numbers to his office which members of the public may telephone if they wish to record protests about pit closures and other matters; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I do not propose to change the existing practice.