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to Iraqi civilian aid. This latter British based non-governmental organisation has used the funds for work in refugee camps in Iran and also for work with displaced marsh Arabs camped on the Iran-Iraq border. The United Kingdom has not given any funds directly to the Government of Iran to help Iraqi refugees.

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance Her Majesty's Government have given to Iran to help refugees from Afghanistan ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : We have given £3 million in 1993-94 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for work with Afghan refugees. This includes the repatriation programmes from both Pakistan and Iran.


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We are ready to consider funding proposals for humanitarian activities by non-governmental organisations ; and are currently considering proposals for a river crossing on the Helmand river which would provide an additional border crossing for returning Afghan refugees.

Crown Agents for Overseas Governmentsand Administrations

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who are the members currently appointed to the board of the Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and

Administrations.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The board of Crown Agents is presently constituted as follows :

Mr. D. H. Probert (Chairman)

Mr. J. D. Andrewes

Mr. P. F. Berry (Managing Director)

Mr. F. Cassell CB

Baroness Miller of Hendon MBE

Miss K. Mortimer

Mr. A. K. Stewart-Roberts

Mr. F. I. Sumner

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Special Advisers

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which special advisers in his Department are seconded from other organisations ; and what are the organisations and the lengths and terms of the secondments.

Mr. Brooke : Mr. Bryan Jefferson acts as architectural adviser to the Secretaries of the State for National Heritage and for the Environment. His appointment to the Department of National Heritage is on a one day a week basis.

Film Industry

Mr. Nicholas Winterton : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement setting out his policy and his objectives in relation to the British film industry.

Mr. Brooke : It is the Government's policy to create an economic framework which will allow the United Kingdom film industry to thrive. The Department's medium-term objectives in relation to film are to help reverse the decline in British film production since 1985 ; to promote the United Kingdom as a location for the filming of feature films, television programmes and commercials ; to expand opportunities for access to high quality films from Britain and elsewhere ; and to foster international co- operation in production, distribution and exhibition of films. Measures to achieve these objectives are under consideration, and I will make an announcement as soon as practicable.

Regional Sports Councils

Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will publish a table showing the grant in aid for the last 10 financial years, this year and projections for the next two years, for each of the regional sports councils.


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Mr. Brooke : The Sports Council's regional offices provide the secretariat for the regional councils for sport and recreation, but neither the Department nor the Sports Council makes grants to these bodies.

The Sports Council's support for regional sporting activity and development is delivered directly through its own regional offices.

Millennium Commission

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is his timetable for the setting up of the Millennium Commission ; whether he will chair the commission ; when he expects to hold the first meeting ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Brooke : I expect the Millennium Commission to be appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in February, and the Government Minister to chair the Millennium Commission will be announced at the same time. The first meeting of the commission will be held shortly thereafter.

Royal Opera House

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement on the Royal Opera house development plan.

Mr. Brooke : I understand that the board of the Royal Opera house is currently considering the outcome of a review it has commissioned of financial and other aspects of the present development scheme, which received Government consent in 1991. I will be advised of the board's conclusions and will then consider, in the usual way, the extent to which any new consents are required.

Public Bodies

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the Sports Council.

Mr. Brooke : The current members of the Sports Council are : Sir Peter Yarranton (Chairman)

Professor Allan Patmore CBE B.Litt MA (Vice-Chairman)

Julia Bracewell

Trevor Brooking MBE

Gerald Dennis

Jim Elms MBE

Tim Marshall MBE

Keith Oates BSc(Econ), BSC(FCT)

Michael Parker

Graeme Simmers OBE CA

David Simon CBE

Dr. Sarah Springman

Geoff Thompson

Ossie Wheatley MA

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the board of Theatres Trust.

Mr. Brooke : The members of the board of the Theatres Trust are : G. Laurence Harbottle (Chairman)

Peter Plouviez (Vice Chairman)

Sir Eddie Kulukundis

Ian Albery

Professor James Dunbar-Nasmith

Sir Michael Marshall MP

Sir Ronald Millar


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Gayle Hunnicutt

John Drummond

A. W. P. Stenham

Baroness Birk

Sir Geoffrey Cass

Peter Longman

The Marchioness of Anglesey

Yvonne Brewster.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the board of the Sianel Pedwar Cymru--S4C.

Mr. Brooke : The current members of Sianel Pedwar Cymru--S4C--are : Mr. Ifan Prys Edwards (Chairman)

Dr. Gwenllian Mair Awbery

Mr. Dyfig John

Dr. Gwyn Jones

Mr. R. Gerallt Jones

Ms Janet Lewis Jones

Mrs. Elan Closs Stephens.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the board of the Radio Authority.

Mr. Brooke : The current members of the Radio Authority are : The right hon. Lord Chalfont OBE, MC (Chairman)

Mrs. Jill McIvor

Mrs. Margaret Corrigan

Mr. John Grant

Mr. Richard Hooper

Mr. Michael Moriarty CB

Mr. Ranjit Sondhi.

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.

Mr. Brooke : The current members of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission are :

Rev. Canon Peter Pilkington (Chairman)

Mr. Donald Allen CMG

Mr. Tony Christopher CBE

Baroness Dean

Ms Jane Leighton

Mr. Kilfoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage who are the members currently appointed to the board of the national heritage memorial fund.

Mr. Brooke : The current members of the national heritage memorial fund are :

Lord Rothschild (Chairman)

Mrs. Catherine Porteous

Professor Palmer Newbould

Sir Richard Carew-Pole

Sir Martin Jacomb

Sir Nicholas Goodison

Mrs. John Nutting

W. Lindsay Evans Esq.

Lord Crathorne

Commander Michael Saunders Watson

Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

UN Plenary Session (Voting)

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list Her Majesty's Government voting record for each measure, and amendments thereto, on the agenda of the plentary session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : The 48th plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly met from 21 September to 23 December 1993. It adopted 232 resolutions and 37 decisions during that time. One hundred and sixty-eight resolutions and 35 decisions were adopted without a vote.

The 48th session voted on 64 resolutions and two decisions during its plenary meetings. The United Kingdom's voting record for these measures was as follows :


                                                                                                        |Voting                                                                                                 

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Resolutions adopted without reference to a main committee                                                                                                                                                       

RES/14                                              |Report of the International Atomic Energy          |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |Agency                                                                                                                                                     

RES/15                                              |Return or restitution of cultural property to      |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |countries or origin                                                                                                                                        

RES/16                                              |Ending the economic, commercial and financial      |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |embargo imposed by the United States                                                                                                                       

                                                    |against Cuba                                                                                                                                               

RES/23                                              |Zone of peace and co-operation in the South        |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |Atlantic                                                                                                                                                   

RES/28                                              |Law of the Sea                                     |Abstain                                                                                                

RES/52                                              |Implementation of the Declaration on the           |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |granting of independence to colonial                                                                                                                       

                                                    |countries and peoples                                                                                                                                      

RES/53                                              |Dissemination of information on decolonisation     |Against                                                                                                

RES/56                                              |Question of Island of Mayotte                      |Abstain                                                                                                

RES/58                                              |Middle East Peace Process                          |For                                                                                                    

RES/59A                                             |Situation in the Middle East                       |For                                                                                                    

RES/59B                                             |Syrian Golan                                       |Abstain                                                                                                

RES/88                                              |Situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina                    |Abstain                                                                                                

RES/158A                                            |Committee on the exercise of the inalienable       |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |rights of the Palestinian People                                                                                                                           

RES/158B                                            |Division for Palestinian rights of the             |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |Secretariat                                                                                                                                                

RES/158C                                            |Department of Public Information of the Secretariat|For                                                                                                    

RES/158D                                            |Peaceful settlement on the question of Palestine   |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Resolutions adopted on reports of the first committee                                                                                                                                                           

RES/66                                              |Scientific and technological developments and      |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |their impact on international security                                                                                                                     

RES/67                                              |The role of science and technology in the          |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |context of international security disarmament                                                                                                              

                                                    |and other related fields                                                                                                                                   

RES/68                                              |Verification in all its aspects, including the role|Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |of the UN in the field of verification                                                                                                                     

                                                    |Separate vote on Operative paragraph 2 of          |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |RES/68                                                                                                                                                     

RES/69                                              |Amendment of the Treaty banning nuclear            |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |weapon tests in the atmosphere, outer space                                                                                                                

                                                    |and under water                                                                                                                                            

RES/72                                              |Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in     |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |South Asia                                                                                                                                                 

RES/73                                              |Conclusion of effective international              |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon                                                                                                                  

                                                    |states against the use or threat of use of                                                                                                                 

                                                    |nuclear weapons                                                                                                                                            

RES/74A                                             |Prevention of an arms race in outer space          |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |Separate vote on preambular paragraph 2 of         |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |RES/74A                                                                                                                                                    

                                                    |Separate vote on operative paragraph 8 of RES/     |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |74A                                                                                                                                                        

                                                    |Separate vote on operative paragraph 10 of         |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |RES/74A                                                                                                                                                    

RES/75C                                             |General and complete disarmament                   |Abstain                                                                                                

RES/75H                                             |Conventional arms control at regional and sub-     |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |regional levels                                                                                                                                            

RES/75I                                             |Regional disarmament                               |For                                                                                                    

RES/75J                                             |Conventional arms control at regional and sub-     |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |regional levels                                                                                                                                            

RES/76A                                             |Review and implementation of the concluding        |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |document of the 12th special session of                                                                                                                    

                                                    |General Assembly:confidence-building                                                                                                                       

                                                    |measures                                                                                                                                                   

RES/76B                                             |Convention on the prohibition of the use of        |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |nuclear weapons                                                                                                                                            

RES/78                                              |Israeli nuclear armament                           |Against                                                                                                

RES/79                                              |Convention on the prohibitions or restrictions     |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |on the use of certain conventional weapons                                                                                                                 

                                                    |which may be deemed to be excessively                                                                                                                      

                                                    |injurious or to have indiscriminate effects                                                                                                                

                                                    |Separate vote on preambular paragraph 5 of         |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |RES/79                                                                                                                                                     

RES/80                                              |Question of Antarctica                             |<1>-                                                                                                   

RES/82                                              |Implementation of the declaration of the Indian    |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |Ocean as a zone of peace                                                                                                                                   

RES/83                                              |Review of the implementation of the                |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |declaration on the strengthening of                                                                                                                        

                                                    |international security                                                                                                                                     

RES/84A                                             |Maintenance of international security              |For                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Resolutions adopted on reports of the second committee                                                                                                                                                          

RES/182                                             |Enhanced technical co-operation towards a          |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |durable solution to the external debt                                                                                                                      

                                                    |problems of all developing countries                                                                                                                       

RES/212                                             |Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli   |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |settlements on the Palestinian people in the                                                                                                               

                                                    |Palestinian territory, including, Jerusalem,                                                                                                               

                                                    |occupied since 1967, and on the Arab                                                                                                                       

                                                    |population of the Syrian Golan                                                                                                                             

RES/168                                             |Economic measures as a means of political and      |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |economic coercion against developing                                                                                                                       

                                                    |countries                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Resolutions adopted on reports of the third committee                                                                                                                                                           

RES/89                                              |Status of the International Convention on the      |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |suppression and punishment of the crime of                                                                                                                 

                                                    |apartheid                                                                                                                                                  

RES/92                                              |Use of mercenaries as a means to violate           |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |human rights and to impede the exercise                                                                                                                    

                                                    |of the rights of peoples to self-determination                                                                                                             

RES/94                                              |Universal realisation of the rights of peoples to  |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |self-determination                                                                                                                                         

RES/101                                             |UN African Institute for the prevention of         |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |crime and treatment of offenders                                                                                                                           

RES/123                                             |Alternative approaches and ways and means          |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |within the UN system for improving the                                                                                                                     

                                                    |effective enjoyment of human rights and                                                                                                                    

                                                    |fundamental freedoms                                                                                                                                       

RES/124                                             |Respect for the principles of national             |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |sovereignty and non-interference in the                                                                                                                    

                                                    |internal affairs of states and their electoral                                                                                                             

                                                    |processes                                                                                                                                                  

RES/131                                             |Enhancing the effectiveness of the principle of    |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |periodic and genuine elections                                                                                                                             

RES/142                                             |Situation of human rights in Cuba                  |For                                                                                                    

RES/144                                             |Situation of human rights in Iraq                  |For                                                                                                    

RES/145                                             |Situation of human rights in Iran                  |For                                                                                                    

Res/147                                             |Situation of human rights in Sudan                 |For                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Resolutions adopted on reports of the fourth committee                                                                                                                                                          

RES/40A                                             |Assistance to Palestinian refugees                 |For                                                                                                    

RES/40D                                             |Offers by member states of grants and              |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |scholarships for higher education, including                                                                                                               

                                                    |vocational training, for Palestinian refugees                                                                                                              

RES/40E                                             |Palestinian refugees in the Palestinian territory  |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |occupied by Israel since 1967                                                                                                                              

RES/40F                                             |Return of population and refugees displaced        |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |since 1967                                                                                                                                                 

RES/40G                                             |Revenues derived from Palestinian refugees'        |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |properties                                                                                                                                                 

RES/40H                                             |Protection of Palestinian refugees                 |For                                                                                                    

RES/40I                                             |University of Jerusalem "Al-Quds"                  |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |for Palestinian refugees                                                                                                                                   

RES/40J                                             |Protection of Palestinian students and             |For                                                                                                    

                                                    |educational institutions and safeguarding of                                                                                                               

                                                    |the security of the facilities of UNWRA in                                                                                                                 

                                                    |the Near East and occupied territories                                                                                                                     

RES/41A                                             |Report of the Special Committee to investigate     |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |Israeli practices affecting the human rights of                                                                                                            

                                                    |the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the                                                                                                              

                                                    |occupied territories                                                                                                                                       

RES/41B                                             |ditto                                              |For                                                                                                    

RES/41C                                             |ditto                                              |Abstain                                                                                                

RES/41D                                             |ditto                                              |Abstain                                                                                                

RES/45                                              |Information from non-self-governing territories    |Abstain                                                                                                

                                                    |transmitted under article 73e of the Charter                                                                                                               

                                                    |of the United Nations                                                                                                                                      

RES/46                                              |Activities of those foreign economic and other     |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |interests which impede the implementation of                                                                                                               

                                                    |the declaration on the granting of                                                                                                                         

                                                    |indpendence to colonial countries and                                                                                                                      

                                                    |peoples in territories under colonial                                                                                                                      

                                                    |domination and efforts to eliminate                                                                                                                        

                                                    |colonialism, apartheid and racial                                                                                                                          

                                                    |discrimination in Southern Africa                                                                                                                          

Decision                                            |ditto                                              |Against                                                                                                

RES/47                                              |Implementation of the declaration on the           |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |granting of independence to colonial                                                                                                                       

                                                    |countries and peoples by the specialised                                                                                                                   

                                                    |agencies and the international institutions                                                                                                                

                                                    |associated with the United Nations                                                                                                                         

Decision                                            |Implementation of the declaration on the           |Against                                                                                                

                                                    |granting of independence to colonial                                                                                                                       

                                                    |countries and peoples                                                                                                                                      

<1> Did not take part in the vote.                                                                                                                                                                              

A copy of the United Nations information record of the resolutions and decisions of the 48th session of the General Assembly showing the texts and voting records will be placed in the Library of the House as soon as it is available.

Cyprus

Mr. John D. Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) Greek Cypriots and (b) Turkish Cypriots are employed by the United Kingdom high commission in Cyprus.


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