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 – 27 June 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 27th June 1994.



Broadcasting Act

Mr. Wigley : To ask the Prime Minister if he will set up a Royal Commission to investigate the workings of the Broadcasting Act; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : No. However we are keeping the working of the Act under review.



Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister what instructions are given to security staff at No. 10 Downing Street for dealing with beggars in the vicinity; and how many problems with beggars have been experienced in the last three months.

The Prime Minister : None, in both cases.


British Pension Rights

Mr. Churchill : To ask the Prime Minister how many representations he has received since 1 January 1993 calling for the unfreezing of British state retirement pensions in those countries where British pensioners are denied annual upratings.

The Prime Minister : I have received numerous representations.


Press Releases (Recycled Paper)

Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the Government Departments which issue press releases on recycled paper; and what percentage of press releases from each department are on recycled paper.

Mr. Gummer : I have been asked to reply.

The use of recycled and environmentally friendly paper for the issue of press releases is a matter for individual Departments. However, the Government’s policy, as set out in the White Paper “This Common Inheritance”, is to use its influence as a major consumer. It discriminates positively in favour of recycled and environmentally-friendly products and will use recycled or environmentally friendly paper wherever this is available, of adequate quality and represents value-for-money.