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 – 11 May 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 11th May 1995.



Committee on Standards in Public Life

Mr. John Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to receive the first report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: The first report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, under the chairmanship of Lord Nolan, is being published today as Command Paper 2850. I should like to express my thanks to Lord Nolan and his colleagues for the way in which they have discharged the initial part of the remit which I announced to the House in October. It is welcome that they have reached unanimous recommendations based on open proceedings, and having taken oral and written evidence from a wide cross-section of opinion. The oral evidence they have taken is included in volume II of the report, and written submissions are to be made available at the Public Record Office.

Lord Nolan has arranged to send a copy of his Committee’s report to every Member of the House.

I believe it is important to maintain the highest possible standards and confidence in public life. I therefore welcome the work the committee has done.

I accept the broad thrust of the committee’s recommendations in so far as they are addressed to the Government. We shall give the report the close study it deserves and then make a detailed response. The recommendations which are addressed to this House are, of course, a matter for the House itself to consider, and my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House will arrange an early opportunity for debate.



Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 11 May.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 11 May.

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 this House, I shall be having further meetings later today.


Pay Review Bodies

Mr. Coe: To ask the Prime Minister what is the current membership of the public sector pay review bodies.

The Prime Minister: The current membership, with effect from 1 April 1995, is listed:

Senior Salaries Review Body

Sir Michael Perry CBE (Chairman)

Professor George Bain

Mr. Gordon Hourston

Sir Anthony Wilson

Sir Sydney Lipworth QC

Mrs. Rosemary Day

Miss Patricia Mann

Mrs. Yve Newbold

Mr. Mark Sheldon

Mrs. Beverley Bernard

Armed Forces Pay Review Body

Mr. Gordon Hourston (Chairman)

Mr. Michael Bolton

Mrs. Dorothy Venables

Mr. John Cox CBE

Mr. John Crosby

Air Chief Marshal Sir Roger Palin KCB OBE

Mr. Guy Neely

Sir Gavin Laird CBE (from 1 July 1995)

Review Body on Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine

Mr. Michael Bett CBE (Chairman)

Miss Annie Mackie OBE

Professor Gillian Raab

Ms Ruth Lea

Mrs. Sheila Gleig

Mrs. Anne Dean

Mr. Lyndon Hadden

Mr. Gareth Griffiths

Following his appointment as First Civil Service Commissioner, Mr. Bett has indicated that he will be stepping down as chairman of the review body once a successor has been appointed.