Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 15th June 1993.
Ms Ruddock : To ask the Prime Minister when the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford, can expect to receive a reply to her letters of 8 February, 31 March and 4 May regarding the concerns of her constituents, Paul and Elisabeth Towlson.
The Prime Minister : Shortly.
Public Expenditure Review
Mr. Dewar : To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the current review of public expenditure being carried out by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to be completed.
The Prime Minister : We expect to complete the reviews by the end of this Parliament, although preliminary conclusions from the first four reviews of social security, health, education and home affairs should inform this year’s public expenditure survey.
Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Prime Minister what representations he made and what assurances he received on human rights from the Indian Government during his visit to the country in January this year; and if he will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : I raised British concerns about human rights with the Indian Prime Minister. He assured me of his Government’s commitment to respect human rights and determination to take firm action against wrongdoers. He also confirmed that he would be introducing legislation in the spring session of the Indian Parliament to set up an independent Human Rights Commission. This legislation was tabled on 14 May.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received since January 1991 on the role played by Allivane International in exporting arms and military equipment to Iran.
The Prime Minister : I have received a number of representations from the hon. Member and from the hon. Member for Glasgow, Shettleston (Mr. Marshall) since January 1991 on the role of Allivane International in exporting arms and military equipment to Iran. Allegations about illegal exports by this company were investigated by Her Majesty’s Customs in 1987-88. No prosecution was begun.
Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 15 June.
Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 15 June.
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. Sedgemore : To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions the procedure of paragraph 74 of “Questions of Procedure for Ministers” has been invoked in relation to official visits overseas; and at what total cost for the latest available year.
The Prime Minister [holding answer 14 June 1993] : The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.