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 – 19 December 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 19th December 1994.



Special Advisers

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement regarding his Department’s expenditure on special advisers for each of the last three financial years, and for the financial year 1979-80.

The Prime Minister: I refer to the reply which my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave to the hon. Member today.


Parliamentary Private Secretaries

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 12 December, Official Report, column 447, if he will specify where in the public record are to found the numbers of parliamentary private secretaries in November 1989, November 1984 and May 1979.

The Prime Minister: The information can be obtained from the Library of the House.


Managerial Systems

Mr. Allen: To ask the Prime Minister which Departments have MINIS– managerial information systems–or an equivalent system; and if he will list the names of the systems and whether hon. Members can access them indicating those Departments which do not have a similar system; and what is his policy towards introducing such systems or a Government-wide system.

The Prime Minister: A number of Departments have developed management information systems similar to MINIS since the launch of the financial management initiative in 1982. The main responsibility for developing such systems rests with Departments, and up-to-date information on such systems is not available centrally. A multi departmental efficiency scrutiny is currently examining management information and planning systems and is expected to report in the spring.



Mr. MacShane: To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) peerages and (b) knighthoods have been awarded since November 1979 to (i) Conservative hon. Members, (ii) Conservative former hon. Members, (iii) Labour hon. Members and (iv) Labour former hon. Members.

The Prime Minister: Forty-nine peerages have been awarded to ex-Conservative Members and 32 to ex-Labour Members. One hundred and fifteen knighthoods have been awarded to Conservative Members–60 of whom are no longer Members of the House of Commons–and two to Labour Members, one of whom is no longer a Member of the House of Commons.

Details of knighthoods awarded to ex-Conservative and ex-Labour Members after they have left the House can be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Prime Ministerial Meetings

Mr. Byers: To ask the Prime Minister on what occasions and on what dates between 1982 and 1990 his predecessor met (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the President and (c) the Defence Secretary or Foreign Secretary of (i) Turkey, (ii) Indonesia and (iii) Botswana.

The Prime Minister: Archived material of this nature is not centrally recorded and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.