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 – 12 July 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 12th July 1994.



Mr. Gordon McNally

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Prime Minister on what occasion prior to November 1991 he was present at functions where Mr. Gordon McNally was present.

The Prime Minister : None, so far as I am aware.


Coastguard Service

Ms Walley : To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has held about the Department of Transport’s proposed efficiency savings for the Coastguard Service; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I have had no such discussions. However, as I stated on 7 July 1994, Official Report, column 446, in response to the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood), my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has discussed with the chief executive of the Coastguard Agency the proposals he put forward in response to my right hon. Friend’s target, that the Department as a whole should achieve a 20 per cent. efficiency gain. My right hon. Friend has not yet taken any decisions on these proposals.



Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 12 July.

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 12 July.

The Prime Minister : This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.



Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Prime Minister which organisations, agencies and other bodies relating to his departmental area of responsibility have been privatised since 1990; and what plans he has for further privatisation.

The Prime Minister : None of the organisations, agencies or other bodies under my departmental responsibility have been privatised since 1990. Plans for privatisation involving my departments will be considered on their merits as part of a prior options exercise and the results will be announced as appropriate.



Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 20 June, Official Report, column 11, if he will make a statement on discussions at the G7 summit in relation to nuclear technical assistance to the Government of the Ukraine.

The Prime Minister : I refer the hon. Member to my statement on the Group of Seven summit in Naples on 11 July 1994, Official Report, columns 667-69.


Former Members of Parliament

Mr. Winnick : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the former hon. Members who were defeated in the last two general elections who have since become members of quangos and other organisations to which the Government nominates ; and if he will state the organisation to which the former hon. Members were nominated, the duties undertaken and the salary.

The Prime Minister : This information is not held centrally.


Ministerial Visits

Mrs. Roche : To ask the Prime Minister how many overseas visits have been made in 1994 by Ministers; during how many of them Ministers participated in fund-raising activities for the Conservative party; who were those Ministers; and in which countries those activities took place.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 4 July 1994] : As far as I am aware, Ministers made 287 overseas visits in their official capacity between 1 January and 30 June 1994. None of those was undertaken for purposes of fundraising for the Conservative party. No central record is kept of any occasions on which Ministers may have attended fundraising events which were incidental to their visit.