The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1996Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 29 October 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 29th October 1996.



European Council (Dublin)

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what proposals were put by Her Majesty’s Government to the special Heads of Government European Council meeting in Dublin on 5 October; what was the response by the other Governments; and if he will place in the Library copies of all papers discussed at the Council.

The Prime Minister: The Dublin European Council on 5 October was informal. There were no papers for discussion or Council conclusions. I set out British priorities for the intergovernmental conference and my belief that the IGC must focus on essential reform to help prepare for further enlargement and to tackle other significant challenges which Europe will face over the next few years.



Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to open a web site for 10 Downing Street.

The Prime Minister: My Office will shortly be opening a Downing Street World Wide Web site.



Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Prime Minister if he will establish an independent judicial inquiry into bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

The Prime Minister: The Government receive independent expert scientific advice on BSE and CJD from the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee. Issues to do with BSE and CJD have recently been examined in detail by the Agriculture and Health Select Committees. I see no need for a judicial inquiry on this issue.



Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 29 October.

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 29 October.

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.