Engagements

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th April 1991.

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Photo of Mr Robert Maclennan Mr Robert Maclennan , Caithness and Sutherland 12:00 am, 18th April 1991

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 18 April.

Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply that I gave some moments ago.

Photo of Mr Robert Maclennan Mr Robert Maclennan , Caithness and Sutherland

Can the Prime Minister explain, in the light of the discussion that he had this morning, how any local tax which combined the poll tax and the rates could possibly be related to ability to pay?

Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon

The hon. Gentleman may be interested to know that we propose to publish early next week, with exemplifications, the way in which we think that we should proceed in terms of local government taxation. He will find no difficulty in seeing the answer to his question then.

Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth , Cannock and Burntwood

Does my right hon. Friend agree that with the Soviet Union still in turmoil it would be folly for the United Kingdom unilaterally to dispose of its independent nuclear deterrent so long as other potential aggressors possess theirs? Does he agree that those who in the past have been passionate supporters of unilateral nuclear disarmament should not be trusted by the British people with the defence of our country?

Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon

I agree entirely. The maintenance of an independent nuclear deterrent is absolutely vital to the future security of our country. I am surprised that some others are less consistent in their principles on this point.