Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement as to progress on the Overseas Development Adminstration-supported project in Malaysia.
Technical co-operation training programme
Rural primary English project
Teachers training college language proficiency project
Secondary school curriculum project
Geological survey of Malaysia project
Adviser in population projections and demographic statistics North West water software
Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what support his Department has given in relation to the contract for the north-east Thailand development project ;
Column 116(2) whether his Department has made any assessment of the military implications in the contract awarding the north- east Thailand development contract to Messrs. Biwaters ;
(3) whether representatives of his Department discussed the contract for the north-east Thailand development project with Biwaters.
Mrs. Chalker : The Government have indicated to the Government of Thailand its readiness in principle to provide aid and trade provision support for the Green-E-Sarn development programme. This has involved discussions with Biwaters who are actively pursuing contracts associated with this programme. The Green-E-Sarn project, while originally put forward by the Thai military authorities, is a civil project for rural development in north-east Thailand, and is the responsibility of the National Economic and Social Development Board of Thailand : there are thus no military implications for the Department to assess.
Originating summonses issued Year |Number ---------------------- 1983 |2,140 1984 |2,408 1985 |2,815 1986 |3,399 1987 |3,605 1988 |3,704 1989<1> |2,418 <1>January to July
Mr. Vaz : To ask the Attorney-General what was the cost of the advertising campaign to recruit staff to the Crown prosecution service in (a) 1986, (b) 1987, (c) 1988 and (d) the current year to present date.
|£ ------------------------------------------------ 1986-87 |80,750 1987-88 |114,500 1988-89 |240,000 1 April 1988 to 31 October 1989 |184,330
The Attorney-General : The interdepartmental committee on family and domestic jurisdictions, part of whose terms of reference was to examine the feasibility of the establishment of a unified court for the exclusive exercise of jurisdiction in family and domestic matters, last met in August of 1988. The four Departments represented on that Committee were the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Department of Health and Social Security, the Home Office and the Treasury.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Attorney-General how many written parliamentary questions to him in Session 1988-89 received answers that the information (a) was not available, (b) was not separately recorded, (c) was not centrally recorded, (d) was not recorded in Government statistics and (e) could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Column 118the terms of the Helsinki Final Act of the Vienna concluding document, concerning continued use of the law of protective surveillance, number 44 of 25 April 1973 ; and if he will urge the Czechoslovak Government to repeal the law immediately.
Mr. Waldegrave : The documents quoted by my hon. Friend do not contain provisions that would allow us to make representations in the way he proposes. However, we have taken advantage many times of the opportunities provided by the CSCE follow-up and intersessional meetings to remind states such as Czechoslovakia of their CSCE commitments on human rights. We have made clear our concern at all infringements--most recently in August over the detention and hunger strike of the dissident Stanislav Devaty.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to instruct Her Majesty's ambassador to the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to request Director-General Blix to visit North Korea in order to ascertain the reasons from the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards directorate why North Korea is five years late in accepting the mandatory safeguards provisions following its accession to the non-proliferation treaty.
Mr. Waldegrave : No. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continues to be in direct contact with the authorities in North Korea about a safeguards agreement. As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, we do not recognise North Korea as a state.
Parties to the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) are obliged, in accordance with its article III, to commence negotiation of safeguards agreements not later than the date of deposit of their instruments of ratification or accession. Such agreements must enter into force not later than 18 months after the date of initiation of negotiations.
Mr. Sainsbury : I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the then Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 5 May to the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn). Since then agreement has been reached with Argentina to re-establish consular relations.
Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the existing diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China.
Mr. Maude : We and our EC partners maintain diplomatic relations with China. But the measures adopted by the Madrid European Council to register our concern at the June events in Peking remain in force.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Saharan Arab Democratic Republic
Transkei, Ciskei, Venda and Bophuthatswana (the South African "homelands").
|Number ------------------------------ Diplomatic wing (a) |747 (b) |1,533 ODA wing: (a) |240 (b) |380
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many written parliamentary questions to him in Session 1988-89 received answers that the information (a) was not available, (b) was not separately recorded, (c) was not centrally recorded, (d) was not recorded in Government statistics and (e) could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the cost to his Department of answering parliamentary (a) oral and (b) written questions in the parliamentary Session 1988-89.
The Prime Minister : Global warming and climate change were central to debate at the United Nations General Assembly which I attended last week. The Government have given a lead in tackling the problem of climate change, in particular through our aid programme for conserving tropical forests. The United Kingdom is the first developed country to have signed such a conservation agreement with countries with tropical forests. I was pleased to be able to announce at the United Nations that £100 million would be made available under our tropical forest actions programme.
I was also pleased to receive the report of the conclusions of the Noordwijk conference on air pollution and climate change at which the United Kingdom played a leading role. The declaration endorsed the work of the intergovernmental panel on climate change and our call for an international framework convention on climate change.
The Prime Minister : I have argued at several European Councils that action be taken to tackle the waste and expense of the common agricultural policy (CAP). I am pleased to say that the need for reform has now been recognised. Considerable progress has been made towards a more rational and sustainable CAP. I shall certainly take every opportunity to impress upon our Community partners the need to ensure that this process of reform is maintained.
The Prime Minister : The Government continue to receive many representations on the community charge which is increasingly being recognised as a fairer alternative to domestic rates. It also relates to ability to pay where it matters most. A total of 9.5 million community charge payers are expected to be eligible for rebates. Most local authorities have welcomed the arrangements for transitional relief announced last month.
The Prime Minister : I welcome the rapid implementation of the Water Act, which is strengthening the protection of our water environment and will deliver a thriving, efficient, private sector water industry within strong and essential public regulation.
Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Prime Minister whether representatives of Her Majesty's Government have discussed with foreign Governments arms or civil engineering contracts which have been connected with overseas aid assistance.
Mr. Fisher : To ask the Prime Minister how many written parliamentary questions addressed to her received answers that the information (a) was not available, (b) was not separately recorded, (c) was not centrally recorded, (d) was not recorded in Government statistics or (e) could be provided only at disproportionate cost.