The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1995Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 21 February 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 21st February 1995.



Minister Without Portfolio

Sir Harold Walker: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the responsibilities of the Minister Without Portfolio; and what salary is paid to him for these responsibilities.

The Prime Minister: The Minister Without Portfolio works with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to help co-ordinate and formulate Government policy and its delivery. He is a member of the ministerial committees: economic and domestic policy; industrial, commercial and consumer affairs, home and social affairs, local government; regeneration; the Queen’s Speeches and future legislation; and the ministerial sub-committees on European questions; and on London–EDL(L).

The Minister Without Portfolio does not receive a ministerial salary.


Security Vetting

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 15 December to the hon. Member for Reading, West (Sir A. Durant), Official Report, columns 764-66 , what factors led to the exclusion of the involvement in, or association with, activities of export control guidelines, UN sanctions or the missile technology control regime from the revised vetting procedures.

The Prime Minister: Officials involved in these areas of work are not excluded from the revised vetting regime.


Community Care Housing

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Prime Minister which Government Department has responsibility for community care housing.

The Prime Minister: The Department of the Environment has responsibility for housing issues in England, including housing for people with community care needs. The DOE works closely with the Department of Health, which is the lead Department on community care. In Wales and in Scotland, responsibility for community care and for housing rests respectively with the Welsh Office and the Scottish Office.



Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 21 February.

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