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Written Answers

Wednesday, 10th May 1995.

Prime Minister's Salary in 1944

The Marquess of Ailesbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the salary of the Prime Minister in 1944; and whether it has increased in real terms since then.

The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne): In 1944 the Prime Minister was paid a salary of £10,000. No reliable RPI figure for 1944 is available. The accepted practice is therefore to use the 1946 RPI figure. On this basis there has been a substantial real terms decrease in the Prime Minister's salary since 1944.

Contaminated Land: Reports

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What guidance they are planning to issue in respect of contaminated land.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has today issued a draft of the guidance on the definition and identification of contaminated land which will help inform the debate on the contaminated land clause of the Environment Bill. Copies have been placed in the Library. Further guidance as set out in the clause, including guidance on remediation standards and notices, special sites and the "appropriate person" on whom to serve a remediation notice will follow in due course. In addition, the draft issued today contains an extensive list of technical guidance reports that our department has either issued or has in hand. This represents a very important contribution to the methodology of dealing with contaminated land.

Furthermore, the Construction Industry Research and Information Association will be publishing 12 reports on contaminated land which are part-funded by our department, working in partnership with the construction industry. The first batch of these will be launched at the forthcoming International Land Regeneration Expo '95 on 23 May 1995. Once again, these reports will form an important body of expertise for those working with contaminated land.

Banana Industry: Windward Islands

Lord Brabazon of Tara asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are they doing to help secure the long-term prospects of the Caribbean banana industry.

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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): The UK has assisted the Windward Islands banana industry over many years. We fought hard to safeguard their interests in the EC banana regime which allows preferential access for Windward Islands bananas to the EU market until 2002. We have recently funded a wide-ranging consultancy review of the industry's current structure and future strategy. The recommendations of this review have been broadly accepted by the Windwards Prime Ministers and the industry. We are now co-operating with the EC on a second study which will provide detailed plans to enable the industry to become more competitive.

ODA's Policy Objectives: Progress Report

Lord Elton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the progress report on ODA's policy objectives described on page 65 of the 1995 departmental report (Cm 2802) will be published.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The progress report has just been finalised, and copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. Further copies are available from the ODA Library.

Abortion and Population Policy

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, and if so what representations they have received from (a) the United States Department of State; (b) the United States Embassy in London; and (c) the United States representatives to the United Nations about abortion and population policy; and whether they will place in the Library of the House a list showing the dates such representations were made together with any response given by Her Majesty's Government.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have received no formal representations from the United States authorities. During preparations for the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in September last year, we discussed a wide range of issues, including abortion and population policies, with the United States Department of State, the United States Embassy in London, and members of the United States delegation to the conference.

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