Parliament and Politics: Parliamentary Questions - Written Replies

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ROYAL FAMILY: Five Post Office staff are seconded full- time for duties at Buckingham Palace, at an annual cost of pounds 200,000, Edward Leigh, Under-Secretary at the Department of Trade, said.

PRISONS: A total of 1,570 men and 22 women prisoners were segregated under rule 43 of the Prison Rules and rule 46 of the Young Offender Institution Rules for their own protection as at 12 February, Peter Lloyd, Home Office minister, said.

NEGATIVE EQUITY: An estimated one million mortgagees had loans larger than the value of their homes in the fourth quarter of 1992, Sir George Young, housing minister, said.

Gender Bill

rejected

The Commons yesterday rejected an attempt to ban techniques designed to influence a child's sex before it is born.

David Amess, Tory MP for Basildon, introduced his Children (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Bill after north London clinic claimed to offer parents a reliable way of choosing the gender of their next baby, but it was denied a formal First Reading by 106 votes to 87.

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