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Column 134to 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.
Column 135We 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Allan Patmore CBE B.Litt MA (Vice-Chairman)
Trevor Brooking MBE
Jim Elms MBE
Tim Marshall MBE
Keith Oates BSc(Econ), BSC(FCT)
Graeme Simmers OBE CA
David Simon CBE
Dr. Sarah Springman
Ossie Wheatley MA
Peter Plouviez (Vice Chairman)
Sir Eddie Kulukundis
Professor James Dunbar-Nasmith
Sir Michael Marshall MP
Sir Ronald Millar
Column 137Gayle Hunnicutt
A. W. P. Stenham
Sir Geoffrey Cass
The Marchioness of Anglesey
Dr. Gwenllian Mair Awbery
Mr. Dyfig John
Dr. Gwyn Jones
Mr. R. Gerallt Jones
Ms Janet Lewis Jones
Mrs. Elan Closs Stephens.
Mrs. Jill McIvor
Mrs. Margaret Corrigan
Mr. John Grant
Mr. Richard Hooper
Mr. Michael Moriarty CB
Mr. Ranjit Sondhi.
Rev. Canon Peter Pilkington (Chairman)
Mr. Donald Allen CMG
Mr. Tony Christopher CBE
Ms Jane Leighton
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.
Commander Michael Saunders Watson
Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden
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.
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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
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.