The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1993Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 12th July 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 12th July 1993.



UK-Japan Nuclear Trade

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed the matter of United Kingdom-Japan nuclear trade during his visit to the G7 summit in Tokyo.

The Prime Minister : At our meeting, the Prime Minister of Japan and I discussed a wide range of bilateral and international issues.



Mr. Wareing : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had during the past two weeks with Lord Owen on the issue of the selective lifting of sanctions against Serbia; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I have had no such discussions with Lord Owen during the past two weeks. At the Group of Seven economic summit in Tokyo on 7-9 July, I and other Heads of Government reaffirmed that sanctions will be upheld against Serbia and Montenegro until the conditions in the relevant Security Council resolutions on the former Yugoslavia are met.


Public Bodies

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Prime Minister what is the Government’s policy towards the appointment of known members of the Labour party to non-ministerial public bodies, including health authorities and hospital trust boards.

The Prime Minister : The Government seek to make all appointments, including those to health authorities and NHS trusts, on merit. Individuals are carefully appraised against the key criteria set for each appointment which cover the qualities, skills and experience required. Details of political affiliation are not specified, and are not required on nomination forms. The successful candidate is the one who meets the criteria, and has the ability and aptitude to meet the demands of the appointment, and to contribute to the effective working of the body concerned.


Overseas Visits

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the destination, dates and purpose of each official overseas visit he has undertaken since November 1991.

The Prime Minister : The information requested is as follows :

Destination |Purpose of visit |Dates


Italy |NATO Summit Meeting |6-8 November 1991

Germany |Bilateral |10 November 1991

Italy |Bilateral |27 November 1991

Germany |Bilateral |27 November 1991

Netherlands |Bilateral |1 December 1991

Republic of Ireland |Bilateral |4 December 1991

Netherlands |European Council |8-10 December 1991

USA |United Nations Security Council Meeting |30-31 January 1992

Poland |Bilateral |25-26 May 1992

Czechoslovakia |Bilateral |26-28 May 1992

Hungary |Bilateral |28-29 May 1992

Germany |Bilateral |5 June 1992

USA |Bilateral |6-9 June 1992

Colombia |Bilateral |9-10 June 1992

Brazil |United Nations Conference on Environment and Development | 10-12 June 1992

Portugal |European Council |25-27 June 1992

Germany |G7 Economic Summit |6-8 July 1992

Finland |CSCE Summit |9-10 July 1992

Spain |Olympic Games |7-9 August 1992

Spain |Bilateral |16-17 September 1992

France |Bilateral |30 September 1992

Egypt |50th Anniversary Commemorations at El Alamein |23-25 October 1992

Belgium |Bilateral |23 November 1992

Italy |Bilateral |27 November 1992

Luxembourg |Bilateral |30 November 1992

Greece |Bilateral |27-28 November 1992

Spain |Bilateral |30 November to 1 December 1992

Portugal |Bilateral |1 December 1992

Denmark |Bilateral |2 December 1992

Netherlands |Bilateral |6-7 December 1992

Republic of Ireland |Bilateral |7 December 1992

France |European Parliament Plenary |15-16 December 1992

Canada |EC/Canada Talks |17-18 December 1992

USA |EC/United States Talks |18-20 December 1992

Bosnia |Visit British Forces |22 December 1992

India |Republic Day Celebrations |23-28 January 1993

Oman |Bilateral |28 January 1993

Saudi Arabia |Bilateral |28 January 1993

USA |Bilateral |23-25 February 1993

Switzerland |Bilateral |5-6 April 1993

Austria |Bilateral |6 April 1993

France |Bilateral |27-28 May 1993

Denmark |European Council |20-22 June 1993

Japan |G7 Economic Summit |5-9 July 1993