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 – 4 December 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 4th December 1996.



EU Legislation

Mr. Steen: To ask the Prime Minister who is responsible for Government scrutiny of laws initiated by (a) the European Commission and (b) the European Council of Ministers, which do not require United Kingdom parliamentary approval before their implementation.

The Prime Minister: All proposed Community legislation submitted by the European Commission to the Council of Ministers is subject to parliamentary scrutiny before its adoption. Where the Council, in such legislation, delegates powers to the European Commission to make detailed implementing legislation, within a prescribed committee procedure, it is the responsibility of the relevant Government Department to ensure that the implications of draft Commission implementing legislation are fully assessed and taken into account in the negotiations in committee.


Departmental Decisions (Appeals)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those administrative decisions of his Department affecting (a) United Kingdom citizens and (b) non-citizens where there is no right of appeal.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 25 November 1996]: For these purposes, my office is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Paymaster General yesterday.