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 – 6 May 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 6th May 1994.



Friendly Governments

Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister when Her Majesty’s Government introduced the practice of not commenting on the policies of other friendly Governments; and if he will list those Governments Her Majesty’s Government regard as friendly.

The Prime Minister : I have nothing further to add to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Byers) on 31 March, Official Report, column 908.


Health Service Visits

Ms Primarolo : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list each hospital, general practitioner practice or other national health service site (a) he has visited since 1 April and (b) which he plans to visit before 9 June.

The Prime Minister : I have made one visit, to Basildon hospital on Tuesday 5 April. No other visits are planned before 9 June.


Civil Servants (Business Appointments)

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Prime Minister how many civil servants in his Department applied in each year since 1986 through the business appointments system to take up an outside appointment (a) as an independent consultant, (b) in a firm of consultants and (c) in other employment; how many were referred to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments; and how many were granted.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 3 May 1994] : The information for the areas covered by the Cabinet Office and the Office of Public Service and Science votes is set out in the table.


1986 |2|-|-|2|1|1|1

1987 |3|-|-|3|3|3|-

1988 |6|-|-|6|6|-|6

1989 |3|1|-|2|1|3|-

1990 |5|-|1|4|3|4|1

1991 |7|-|1|6|5|7|-

<1>1992 |2|1|1|-|-|2|-

1993 |5|2|2|1|-|5|-

<1> In 1992 the Cabinet Office took on responsibility for the science functions of the former DES and the Treasury businesses (Her Majesty’s Stationery Office; Central Office of Information; Chessington Computer Centre; and the CCTA.



Mr. Cox : To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan to discuss matters of interest to Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 5 May 1994] : I hope to meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan again later this year.