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Mr. Flynn : To ask the Lord President of the Council what were the 10 most expensive answers to parliamentary questions answered in the past 10 years for which calculations have been made ; and what was their total cost.
Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Prime Minister how many hours per week his adviser on efficiency spends on matters (a) relating to work of the Efficiency Unit and (b) relating to competition and purchasing.
The Prime Minister : The time my adviser devotes to matters relating to efficiency scrutinies on the one hand and competition and purchasing on the other, and the split between the two, depends on the matters which arise or are referred to him for advice.
Mr. Spearing : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer following his statement on 29 March, Official Report, column 806, if he will list each of the extant treaties of the European Community and cite the relevant articles therein that provide Her Majesty's Government with veto powers other than those linked to the Luxembourg declaration.
The Prime Minister : The United Kingdom effectively has a veto in areas where decisions are taken by unanimity. Unanimity applies under the following articles of the treaty of Rome, as amended by subsequent treaties :
Article ------------------------------------------------------ 8a | 99 |1091.5 |157 |198b 8b | 100 | 121 |159 |201 8e | 100c | 128 |165 |209 14.7 | 103a.1 | 130 |166 |217 51 | 103a.2 | 130b |168a.2 |223 57.2 | 104c.14| 130d |168a.4 |227 70 | 105.6 | 130i |188 |228.2 73c(2) | 106.5 | 130o |188b |235 75.3 | 109.1 | 130s |189a | - 76 | 109f.7 | 136 |194 | - 93.2 | 109l.4 | 145 |198a | -
Indian-administered area of Kashmir ; and if he will make a statement.
The Prime Minister : I discussed the issue of access to Kashmir in general terms with the Indian Prime Minister when I met him on 14 March. I welcome the recent visit to Kashmir by some United Kingdom parliamentarians. We have frequently urged the Indian Government to allow visits by independent observers and human rights groups to Kashmir.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister what proportion of the funds so far allocated as part of his Darwin initiative meet the recommendation of his advisory committee that projects are carried out in co-operation with local people.
The Prime Minister : There are currently 53 projects being funded under the Darwin initiative in almost 40 countries. All the projects involve collaboration with local universities and institutions, conservation organisations or individuals.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister what is the basis of evidence available to Her Majesty's Government in relation to alleged Libyan involvement in the destruction of Pan Am 103, which has provided the foundation on which the Secretary of State for Scotland has initiated legal action against the insurers of Pan Am in relation to alleged negligence at the Rhein-Main airport in Frankfurt.
The Prime Minister : The civil action is against Pan American World Airways Inc. for damage to the A74 at Lockerbie caused by the destruction of its aircraft. The action is concerned with alleged negligence by Pan American World Airways Inc. and not with alleged Libyan involvement in the destruction of the aircraft. The action is currently being settled.
Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Prime Minister what medical advice has gone to Her Majesty's Government from agencies of the United Nations and Medecins sans Frontieres about malnutrition-related disease, the lack of pharmaceuticals and the shortage of water-pump and water-filter equipment in the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates.
The Prime Minister : We receive general reports on the humanitarian needs in Iraq from the United Nations agencies and others, although not from Medecins Sans Frontieres. I understand that researchers' attempts to assess nutrition in Iraq have been hampered by a lack of reliable data.
The Prime Minister : The information requested has not been collected centrally at regular intervals. Information available on the number of special advisers, including expert advisers' total pay bills and aggregate figures, is as follows :
Table 1: Number of special advisers As at: ---------------------------- March 1994 |39 May 1993 |42 November 1992 |38 November 1991 |39 October 1990 |33 October 1989 |31 July 1988 |30
Table 2: Cost of special advisers As at: |<1>Paybill |<2>1993-94 prices |£ million |£ million ------------------------------------------------------------------------ March 1994 |1.38 |1.38 June 1993 |1.37 |1.42 September 1992 |1.30 |1.37 September 1991 |1.10 |1.23 July 1990 |0.95 |1.12 June 1989 |0.93 |1.22 September 1988 |0.74 |1.02 <1> Not including ERNIC and other personnel overheads <2> Calculated using the GDP deflator
Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 3 March, Official Report , column 803 , (1) how much is paid from public funds to lords lieutenant towards the cost of their ceremonial uniform ;
(2) how much is paid from public funds to lords lieutenant towards the cost of their ceremonial uniforms.
The Prime Minister : In 1993 the total contribution paid from public funds to lords lieutenant on appointment towards the cost of their ceremonial uniforms was £4,952.07. In 1992 the figure was £6, 932.50.
Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to advertise vacancies as and when they arise for lords lieutenant and deputy lords lieutenant in the relevant regional and local press.
Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 30 March, Official Report column 788 , if he will give a breakdown of the £18,385 spent on official gifts in 1993 giving a description and the recipient.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Mrs. Roche) of 29 March, Official Report , column 794, who is the right hon. Friend to whom he makes reference.
Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Foreign Office in asserting British interests in Europe and defending the British case in conflicts over EU rights and objectives.
Mr. Shore : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement on 29 March, Official Report, columns 797-98, whether he will publish (a) the text of the oral or written assurances given by the Commission that proposals under the social chapter will not embrace in any way people or organisations in the United Kingdom and (b) the text of any Council of Ministers declaration that it is under a legal and binding obligation to seek agreement on the basis of a minority of at least 23 votes.
Column 34Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) on 30 March. On (b), the text of the Council decision on qualified majority voting has already been deposited in the House.
Mr. Nelson : The term "suspected fraud and irregularities" is capable of being interpreted in different ways. But on the basis of a reasonable interpretation, the Bank of England advises that the number of notifications in those years was as follows :
|Number --------------------- 1990 |2 1991 |3 1992 |0
I cannot, of course, comment on the details of any particular supervisory case as such information is covered by part V of the Banking Act 1987.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the organisations and individuals who have been asked, since June 1992, to submit names of individuals to be considered for appointments to paid and unpaid posts for which a Minister has to approve the person or shortlist for the appointment.
Mr. Nelson : The following organisations have been asked, since June 1992, to submit names of individuals to be considered for appointments to paid and unpaid posts for which a Minister has to approve the person or shortlist for the appointment :
Public Appointments Unit
Treasure Trove Reviewing Committee
Royal Mint Advisory Committee
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
Institute of Actuaries
The Law Society
The Law Society of Northern Ireland
The Law Society of Scotland
Financial Intermediaries, Managers and Brokers Regulatory Association
Securities and Investments Board
Bank of England
Investment Management Regulatory Organisation
Securities and Futures Authority
Life Assurance and Unit Trust Regulatory Organisation
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Column 35Insurance Brokers Registration Council
UK Federation of Business and Professional Women
City Women's Network
National Federation of Independent Financial Advisers Ltd. Life Insurance Association
Association of British Insurers
British Insurance and Investment Brokers Association
Institute of Insurance Brokers
Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds
British Bankers Association
Building Societies Association
Building Societies Commission
Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list each appointment for which a Minister has to approve the appointment or shortlist for the appointment, showing for each appointment (a) which Minister exercises the responsibility, (b) the salary, if any, attached to the post, (c) the term of the appointment and (d) the person currently appointed to the post.
Mr. Nelson : The following list covers each appointment for which a Minister has to approve the appointment or shortlist for the appointment detailing (a) which Minister exercises the responsibility ; (b) the salary ; (c) the term of the appointment ; and (d) the person(s) currently holding the post(s) :
Treasury Trove Reviewing Committee :
(a) Chief Secretary ;
(b) No salary ;
(c) Five years ;
(d) Professor J. D. Evans
Mr. D. Sellwood
Mr. J. A. Och
Mr. P. Finn
Central Statistical Office Management Board :
(a) Chancellor of the Exchequer ;
(b) £3,500 per annum ;
(c) Two years ;
(d) Mrs. M. Berg ;
Mr. P. Thornton
Central Statistical Office Advisory Committee :