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 – 23 May 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 23rd May 1994.



Mobile Telephones

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 5 May, Official Report, column 614, what was the cost of calls made on (a) car and (b) portable telephones in 1993-94; how much this equipment cost to buy or hire; and what were the maintenance costs.

The Prime Minister : Total call charges in the year 1993-94 for (a) car telephones were £2,021 and (b) portable telephones were £4,570.

The total cost of the equipment was approximately £6,700. There are no maintenance charges for the year 1993-94.


Duchy of Cornwall

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Prime Minister if he will enter discussions with the Prince of Wales with a view to seeking agreement to increase the voluntary contribution to the Exchequer from the Duchy of Cornwall from 25 per cent. of income to 40 per cent.

The Prime Minister : No. As explained in the report of the royal trustees dated 11 February 1993 (HC464) the Prince of Wales stopped making voluntary contributions to the Exchequer in April 1993. Instead he voluntarily agreed to pay income tax on his personal income in the same way as other taxpayers.


Upper Limb Disorders

Dr. Marek : To ask the Prime Minister what is the present number of civil servants taking legal action against his Office as a result of work- related upper limb disorders.

The Prime Minister : None.


Second World War Commemorations

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to be able to reply to the letter sent to him in April by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe, about help for war-disabled ex-service men and women and war widows to mark the 50th anniversary of D-day.

The Prime Minister : I shall reply to the right hon. Member’s letter shortly.

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Prime Minister if it is intended, as part of the 50th anniversary events next year to commemorate the end of the last war, to include an exhibition on the crimes committed by Italian fascists.

The Prime Minister : We have no such plans.


Parliamentary Private Secretaries

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the current list of parliamentary private secretaries and the Ministers to whom each is attached.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 May 1994] : The information requested is as follows :

Parliamentary Private Secretaries May, 1994

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Minister for Agriculture (Mrs. G. Shephard) |Mr. S. Burns

Minister of State (Mr. M. Jack) |Miss E. Nicholson


Secretary of State (Mr. M. Rifkind) |Mr. H. Bellingham

Minister of State (Mr. J. Aitken) |Mr. R. Evans

Minister of State (Mr. J. Hanley) |Mr. P. Atkinson

Duchy of Lancaster

Chancellor of the Duchy (Mr. W. Waldegrave) |Mr. I. Taylor


Secretary of State (Mr. J. Patten) |Mr. M. Carrington

Minister of State (Lady Blatch) |Mr. J. Clappison


Secretary of State (Mr. D. Hunt) |Mr. N. Evans

Minister of State (Mr. M. Forsyth) |Mrs. A. Browning


Secretary of State (Mr. J. Gummer) |Mr. J. Paice

Minister of State (Sir G. Young) |Dr. C. Goodson-Wickes

Minister of State (Mr. D. Curry) |Mr. D. French

Minister of State (Mr. R. Atkins) |Mr. J. Hayes

Foreign Office

Secretary of State (Mr. D. Hurd) |Mr. D. Martin

Minister of State (Mr. A. Goodlad) |Mr. G. Kynoch

Minister of State (Mr. D. Heathcoat-Amory) |Mr. R. Richards

Minister for Overseas Development (Lady Chalker) |Mr. M. Robinson

PUSS (Mr. M. Lennox-Boyd) |Mr. M. Robinson


Secretary of State (Mrs. V. Bottomley) |Mr. K. Mans

Minister of State (Dr. B. Mawhinney) |Mr. M. Trend

Home Office

Secretary of State (Mr. M. Howard) |Dr. L. Fox

Minister of State (Mr. P. Lloyd) |Mr. O. Heald

Minister of State (Mr. D. MacLean) |Mr. J. Arnold

Law Officers Department

Attorney-General (Sir N. Lyell) |Mr. T. Devlin

Solicitor-General (Sir D. Spencer) |Mr. G. Streeter

National Heritage

Secretary of State (Mr. P. Brooke) |Mr. A. Steen

Northern Ireland Office

Secretary of State (Sir. P. Mayhew) |Mr. M. Moss

Minister of State (Sir J. Wheeler) |Mr. M. Bates

Minister of State (Mr. M. Ancram) |Mr. R. Robertson

Prime Minister |Mr. G. Bright

Privy Council Office

(Mr. T. Newton) |Mr. J. Marshall

Scottish Office

Secretary of State (Mr. I. Lang) |Mr. S. Coombs

Social Security

Secretary of State (Mr. P. Lilley) |Mr. P. Merchant

Minister of State (Mr. N. Scott) |Mrs. J. Lait

PUSS (Mr. A. Burt/Lord Astor/Mr. W. Hague) |Mr. I Bruce

Trade and Industry

President of the Board (Mr. M. Heseltine) |Mr. R. Ottaway

Minister of State (Mr. T. Eggar) |Mr. P. Luff

Minister of State (Mr. T. Sainsbury) |Mrs. A. Knight

Minister of State (Mr. R. Needham) |Mr. A. Rowe


Secretary of State (Mr. J. MacGregor) |Mr. G. Riddick


Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. K. Clarke) |Mr. P. Oppenheim

Chief Secretary (Mr. M. Portillo) |Mr. D. Amess

Financial Secretary (Mr. S. Dorrell) |Mr. G. Brandreth

Paymaster General (Sir J. Cope) |Dr. I Twinn

Welsh Office

Secretary of State (Mr. J. Redwood) |Mr. D. Evennett

Minister of State (Sir W. Roberts) |Mr. D. Tredinnick