Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 15th January 1992.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what is his policy in regard to selective intervention in circumstances of inward economic investment by foreign companies in (a) the regions of England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland, respectively.
The Prime Minister : Regional selective assistance (RSA) is available to encourage inward investment in the assisted areas of England, Wales and Scotland. Investors with a choice of location are offered the same level of RSA to go to assisted areas of equal status. A similar scheme operates in Northern Ireland but higher levels of assistance are available and may be offered.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what correspondence his office had with Mr. W. R. Burton on nuclear waste disposal over the past three years.
The Prime Minister : As far as I am aware, none.
World Commission on Environment and Development
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what plans Her Majesty’s Government have to contribute new proposals to the World Commission on Environment and Development when it reconvenes in London on 21 to 24 April.
The Prime Minister : I am delighted that the World commission will reconvene in London in April. The purpose of the meeting is to enable the commissioners to make their independent assessment of the prospects for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The commissioners are not seeking proposals from Governments but, in view of the importance of the event, Her Majesty’s Government are giving financial and other support to the organisers, the Centre for our Common Future.
UN Environment and Development Conference
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what resources have been committed by Her Majesty’s Government to ensuring wide public distribution of preparatory committee reports and decisions for the Earth summit at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June.
The Prime Minister : The Government have provided reports on decisions so far taken at UNCED preparatory committees to a wide range of interested organisations and individuals through the United Kingdom committee for UNEP.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what information he has received on the international meeting of non-governmental organisations held in Paris in December to formulate agreed proposals to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June.
The Prime Minister : It is important that the views of the non-governmental community should be taken fully into account in preparations for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. I understand that agreement was not reached on all items addressed by the Paris meeting in December but that a partial set of proposals will be forwarded to the UNCED secretariat. These will be discussed at a meeting today between officials of the Department of the Environment and the British representatives of non-governmental organisations who attended the Paris meeting.
Women and the Environment
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister if he will obtain for his Office’s library a copy of the recently published “Women and the Environment” compiled by Annabel Rodda.
The Prime Minister : I have already done so.