The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1994Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 31 January 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 31st January 1994.




Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the Lords-Lieutenant in England and their dates of appointment.

The Prime Minister : The following is a list of the Lords-Lieutenant of England and of when their appointments were announced.

Lord-Lieutenants of England

County |Lord-Lieutenant |Announcement of Appointment


Avon |Sir John Wills, TD, FRICS, JP |April 1974

Bedfordshire |Samuel Whitbread, Esq., JP |January 1991

Berkshire |John Henderson, Esq., CVO, OBE |June 1989

Buckinghamshire |Commander the Hon. John Fremantle, RN (Retd.), JP |September 1984

Cambridgeshire |James Crowden, Esq., JP |May 1992

Cheshire |William Bromley Davenport, Esq., JP |June 1990

Cleveland |The Lord Gisborough, TD, JP |March 1981

Cornwall |The Viscount Falmouth |October 1977

Cumbria |Sir Charles Graham, Bt. |February 1983

Derbyshire |Colonel Sir Peter Hilton, KCVO, MC, JP |January 1978

Devon |The Earl of Morley, JP |May 1982

Dorset |The Lord Digby, JP |September 1984

Durham |David Grant, Esq., CBE, JP |April 1988

East Sussex |Admiral Sir Lindsay Bryson, KCB, FRSE, FEng. |May 1989

Essex |The Lord Braybrooke |March 1992

Gloucestershire |Henry Elwes, Esq., JP |December 1992

Greater London |Field Marshal The Lord Bramall, GCB, OBE, MC, JP |January 1986

Greater Manchester |Colonel John Timmins, OBE, TD, JP |December 1987

Hampshire |Mrs. Mary Fagan |January 1994

Hereford and Worcester |Captain Thomas Dunne, JP |July 1977

Hertfordshire |Simon Bowes Lyon, Esq., FCA, BA |January 1986

Humberside |Richard Bethell, Esq., JP |October 1983

Isle of Wight |The Lord Mottistone, CBE |August 1985

Kent |The Rt. Hon. The Lord Kingsdown, MA, FRSA, FBIM, JP | August 1982

Lancashire |Simon Towneley, Esq., DPhil, JP |March 1976

Leicestershire |Timothy Brooks, Esq., JP |January 1989

Lincolnshire |Sir Henry Nevile, KCVO, JP |November 1975

Merseyside |Alan Waterworth Esq., MA, JP |October 1993

Norfolk |Timothy Colman, Esq., JP |March 1978

Northamptonshire |John Lowther, Esq., CBE, JP |January 1984

Northumberland |The Viscount Ridley, KG, TD, JP |January 1984

North Yorkshire |Sir Marcus Worsley, Bt., JP |March 1987

Nottinghamshire |Sir Andrew Buchanan, Bt. |January 1991

Oxfordshire |Sir Ashley Ponsonby, Bt., KCVO, MC |January 1980

Shropshire |John Dugdale, Esq. |February 1975

Somerset |Lt. Col. Sir Walter Luttrell, KCVO, MC, JP |March 1978

South Yorkshire |Hugh Neill, Esq., CBE, TD, JP |May 1985

Staffordshire |James Hawley, Esq., TD, JP |August 1993

Suffolk |The Rt. Hon. The Lord Belstead, JP |December 1993

Surrey |Richard Thornton, Esq., OBE, JP |May 1986

Tyne and Wear |Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison, TD |July 1984

Warwickshire |The Viscount Daventry |February 1990

West Midlands |Robert Taylor, Esq., OBE |November 1993

West Sussex |His Grace The Duke of Richmond and Gordon |March 1990

West Yorkshire |John Lyles, Esq., CBE, Bsc. |August 1992

Wiltshire |Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs, GCB, CBE, DSO, MC |December 1989


Paintings and Photographs

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to buy or borrow photographs; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : None, currently.

Mr. Boyes : To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) paintings and (b) photographs there are on the walls of his rooms.

The Prime Minister : A considerable number.


Public Appointments

Dr. Wright : To ask the Prime Minister how many recommendations for public appointments by the Crown have been made by the Prime Minister since 1979.

The Prime Minister : The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Special Advisers

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 16 December 1993, Official Report, column 798, if he will show any specific policy or departmental areas on which each of the special advisers listed has worked since December 1990 showing their qualifications, expertise or experience relevant to those areas.

The Prime Minister : It is not my practice to comment on the qualifications, expertise or experience of my special advisers.


No. 10 Downing Street

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the criteria used to assess applications by private political parties’ organisations for the use of 10 Downing Street.

The Prime Minister : I have nothing further to add to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks), Official Report, 30 November 1993, column 420.



Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to produce a co-ordinated strategy for children throughout all Government Departments; if he will publish his response to the letter of 24 January from the National Children’s Home; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : Our strategy includes regular consultation when considering new legislation or policy initiatives concerning children, between the originating Department and all other Departments with an interest. Several interdepartmental groups have been set up which meet regularly to discuss matters of mutual concern about children. I have no current plans to publish my response to the letter from National Children’s Home Action for Children; that will be a matter for that organisation.



Mr. Barry Porter : To ask the Prime Minister when he will be able to report to the House on his recent conversations with the President of the Republic of Lebanon.

The Prime Minister [Pursuant to his answer, 25 January, c.159] : I would like to report on the recent visit by the Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri, and on our discussions on 24 January. Mr. Hariri visited Britain from 23-27 January. He was accompanied by a delegation which included his Minister for Defence, Minister of the Interior, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Minister without Portfolio and the governor of the central bank.

Mr. Hariri and his team met a wide range of representatives of political, commercial and financial interests in the United Kingdom, to explore the role that the United Kingdom might play in Lebanon’s programme of reconstruction.

This was a central theme in my discussions with Mr. Hariri. I am keen to see British companies playing an active role, in particular in the water, power and gas sectors. I informed him that we had decided to restore ECGD medium/long-term cover to a ceiling of £50 million. I also discussed with him the possibility of British companies helping to re-equip Lebanon’s internal security forces and the Lebanese armed forces.

This was the first visit to Britain by a Lebanese Prime Minister for 20 years. It provided us with the opportunity to reaffirm the long-standing links between Britain and Lebanon. Lebanon is now back on its feet and ready to do business. British companies are in an excellent position to exploit the opportunities that exist there.