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 – 20 April 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 20th April 1994.



Council of Ministers

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 12 April, Official Report, column 29, concerning the powers of Her Majesty’s Government within the Council of Ministers of the European Community, which articles listed refer to (a) obligatory duties or action as required by the treaties and (b) optional actions.

The Prime Minister : Whether the treaty requires the Council to act, or gives it a discretion whether or not to act, specific proposals for action made under the articles listed in my previous answer require the unanimous agreement of the Council.


Friendly Countries

Mr. Byers : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 31 March, Official Report, column 908, regarding friendly countries, which countries and Governments are presently regarded as sharing the United Kingdom’s objectives.

The Prime Minister : I have nothing to add to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member on 31 March at column 908.



Mr. Milburn : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the current members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

The Prime Minister : The members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments are :

The right hon. the Lord Carlisle of Bucklow QC– Chairman

The Lord Bridges GCMG

Sir John Blelloch KCB

Sir Trevor Holdsworth

Sir Charles Huxtable KCB CBE

Sir Robin Ibbs KBE

The right hon. Peter Shore MP

The right hon. the Lord Thomson of Monifieth KT

I have recently appointed the right hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney (Mr. Shore) and Sir John Blelloch, following the retirement at the end of their appointments of Lord Merlyn-Rees and Sir Patrick Nairne.