Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 15th July 1996.
Stone of Scone
Mr. Alan Howarth: To ask the Prime Minister at what time he first informed the Dean of Westminster of his intention to make a statement to the House about the Stone of Scone; and what consultations previously had taken place with the dean and chapter.
The Prime Minister: My discussions with the dean and others before the announcement were confidential.
Isle of Wight
Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from the Isle of Wight council calling for independence.
The Prime Minister: As far as I am aware, none.
Mr. Field: To ask the Prime Minister if he will undertake a study on the future status of the pound sterling as legal tender on the Isle of Wight following the council’s call for independence.
The Prime Minister: No. The Isle of Wight is part of the United Kingdom and sterling continues to be the only legal tender on the island.
Beef Exports Ban
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister when he proposes to take action if the EU committee of experts fails to agree to lift the ban on British beef exports to third countries.
The Prime Minister: We expect the Commission and other member states to act fully in accordance with the framework for removing the ban agreed unanimously at Florence.