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Mr. Goodlad : We believe the Indonesian Government have made progress in observing their human rights obligations. We are encouraging them to continue this positive trend and, in particular, to co-operate with the United Nations human rights mechanisms.

26. Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indonesian Government over the illegal occupation of East Timor.

Mr. Goodlad : We are encouraging Indonesia and Portugal to continue to co-operate with the United Nations Secretary General to find a solution to East Timor.


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We hope the return to consensus language at this year's session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights will help provide an atmosphere conducive to progress at the next round of talks on the territory's future between Portugal and Indonesia under the Secretary-General's auspices in May.

European Union

20. Sir David Knox : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his counterparts in the European Union to discuss greater political union.

Mr. Hurd : There are no plans for a meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers to discuss greater political union.

Falkland Islands

21. Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current position concerning discussions with Argentina about prospecting for oil in the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We are considering the next steps for the development of the Falklands continental shelf. We shall be discussing the matter shortly with the Falkland Islands Government. In due course we would expect also to have discussions with the Government of Argentina.

Malaysia

24. Mrs. Browning : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made to restore trading relations with Malaysia.

Mr. Goodlad : We have been in close and frequent touch with the Malaysian Government, the business community and others both here and in Malaysia. We want to restore the flourishing state of our relations as soon as possible.

The Malaysian Government's concern has been about certain articles in the British press. I believe that they have reflected fully how much the Malaysians helped us in finding the missing British service men in Sabah. That assistance highlights the real relationship between our two countries.

Mr. Byers : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer to the hon. and learned Member for Montgomery (Mr. Carlile) on 23 March, Official Report, column 294, if he will state the dates on which representations were made by the Government of Malaysia.

Mr. Goodlad [holding answer 29 March 1994] : No. The details of our relations with other Governments are confidential.

Turkey

25. Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he hopes to discuss the question of human rights with the Turkish Government.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : I have no immediate plans to do so. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised


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human rights with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkey when he visited Ankara on 19 and 20 January. I stressed our concerns to the Turkish Minister for Human Rights in London recently.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

29. Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Westminster Foundation for Democracy is making.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : In 1993-94, with a grant-in-aid of £2 million, the foundation embarked on 205 projects in 37 countries.

Kashmir

30. Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the Indian and Pakistani Governments to discuss the situation in Kashmir.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed the situation in Kashmir when he met the Indian Prime Minister earlier this month during his visit to Britain.

I last discussed the subject with the Pakistan Foreign Secretary in February.

Israel

32. Mr. Watson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel relating to the disarming of Jewish settlers in the occupied territories following the massacre at Hebron.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : I wrote to the Israeli ambassador drawing his attention to the statement on 7 March by European Union Foreign Ministers which called for protection of Palestinians in the occupied territories.

UNESCO

33. Mr. Canavan : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement about the up-to-date position of the United Kingdom Government on the possibility of re-joining the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We continue to keep this issue under close review, but have not yet reached any decision.

Pacific Rim

34. Mrs. Gorman : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with EEC counterparts about relations with Pacific rim countries.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Relations with third countries are discussed on an ad hoc basis at Foreign Affairs Councils. We and our partners understand the growing political and economic importance of this part of the world--in 1992, 7.8 per cent. of United Kingdom exports went to the Asia Pacific region and, for the first time, the European Union traded more with east Asia than with north America. The EC has co-operation agreements with the Association of South-East Asian Nations and with China and one is currently being negotiated with Vietnam.


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During the United Kingdom presidency we made a priority of developing the Community's relations with Japan, based on the arrangements for consultation as laid out in the EC-Japan joint declaration of 1991 and we continue to press for this to be consolidated. The Germans have stated that the strengthening of relations between the European Union and Asia will be a focal point of their presidency--including intensification of the

European-Japanese dialogue, and examination of the options for concluding a co-operation agreement with the Republic of Korea, as well as the normal ministerial EC/ASEAN meeting scheduled for September. We have welcomed this.

European Union

35. Mr. Win Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the enlargement of the European Union.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : I refer the hon. Member (1) to the replies given by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Smith) on 14 March, Official Report, columns 474-77 and to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Wells) on 21 March, Official Report, columns 11-12, (2) to my reply to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) on 25 March, Official Report, columns 478-79, (3) to the reply of my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 22 March, Official Report, columns 120-22 and to the statement of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the House on 29 March, Official Report, columns 797-98.

Cyprus

36. Mr. Hanson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Turkish and Turkish Cypriot authorities regarding the occupation of properties in northern Cyprus by Turkish settlers.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Turkish Government and the Turkish Cypriots are aware of our position on this issue. The communique issued at last October's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting expressed concern at the influx of Turkish settlers to Cyprus and emphasised that nothing should be done to change the demographic structure of the Island.

Asia and Pacific Rim

37. Mr. Mans : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts are being made to reinforce the commercial sections of British embassies in Asia and the Pacific rim countries.

Mr. Goodlad : Since 1990, total export promotion effort at FCO posts in Asia and Pacific rim countries, measured in man years, has risen by 23 per cent.

This year alone we are creating 23 new frontline commercial jobs at our Asian and Pacific rim missions in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and at the British trade and cultural office in Taipei.

In addition, discussions are well advanced for opening new commercial offices in Pusan in Korea and Nagoya in Japan, to be run by locally employed staff.


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Hong Kong

38. Mr. Sims : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the ambassador of the People's Republic of China to discuss the future of Hong Kong ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Goodlad : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last met ambassador Ma Yuzhen to discuss Hong Kong issues on 23 November. We wish to co-operate with China in the interests of a smooth transition for Hong Kong and full implementation of the Sino-British joint declaration.

Russia

39. Mr. Bates : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking to assist the progress of democratic and economic reform in Russia ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We have given our full support to the process of democratic and economic reform in Russia, and shall continue to do so, providing assistance through both bilateral and multilateral aid programmes.

Nigeria

Mr. David Atkinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the Government of Nigeria regarding the protection of human rights and the introduction of democracy in that country.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave on Monday 21 February at column 30 to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mr. Parry).

Somalia

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Somalia ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no plans to visit Somalia. He last visited in September 1992, as part of an EC Foreign Ministers Troika who went to see personally the situation in Somalia. My noble friend, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey has no current plans to visit the country.

We welcome the latest Security Council resolution adopted on 4 February which underlines the international community's continuing commitment to assist the people of Somalia. The Somali people should now build on the momentum created by the agreement signed in Nairobi on 24 March by Ali Mahdi and General Aideed. We hope a process has started which will lead to the creation of a national reconciliation conference.

IAEA

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the outcome of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors' meeting on 21 March ; how Britain was represented ; and what was the United Kingdom's stance at the meeting.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : A resolution was passed by the IAEA board of governors on 21 March which expressed


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grave concern at North Korea's continued failure to comply with its safeguards agreement, and requested the agency's director-general to transmit the report on the most recent round of inspections to the UN General Assembly. We fully supported this resolution. Her Majesty's permanent representative at the United Kingdom's mission to the IAEA attended.

Mrs. Timmreck

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 24 March, when Mrs. Timmreck left St. Helena ; how long she had been resident on the island ; and whether any civil or criminal cases involving Mrs. Timmreck had been brought before her departure.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : When Mrs. Timmreck left St. Helena in August 1993, she had been on the island for 32 months from October 1990, except for two brief visits to Cape Town. Prior to that, following her first arrival on St. Helena in December 1985, she made four visits totalling 7 months. No civil or criminal cases involving her had been brought before her departure.

Korea

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his assessment of the present military position between North and South Korea.

Mr. Goodlad : There is a high concentration of military forces on the border. There has been a steady shift of North Korean forces over the last decade which has led to the present deployment of 750,000-1 million troops near the border. This is a cause for anxiety, and increases the need for North and South Korea to pursue the dialogue between them.

Proton Cars

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Proton cars were purchased by his Department in each of the last 10 years for which information is available ; and at what cost.

Mr. Goodlad : None.

Iran

Mr. Parry : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) in which way the United Kingdom delegation voted in the United Nations on the question of the violation of human rights and on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in March this year ; and if he will make a statement. (2) if he will make a statement on Iran's refusal to comply with international instruments on human rights, including the international covenant on civil and political rights ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We and our European partners condemn Iran's refusal to fulfil its obligations under international instruments of human rights. We were involved in the drafting and co-sponsored and voted in favour of the resolution on Iran introduced by the European Union at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in March. It reflected our concerns at Iran's human


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rights record and called on the Iranians to co-operate with the United Nations special representative on human rights in Iran.

Trade and Aid

Mr. Denham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with representatives of the Indonesian Government to discuss trade and aid agreements with that country.

Mr. Goodlad : We regularly discuss a wide range of issues with the Indonesians, including trade, education, human rights, regional political and security matters, aid and economic issues.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs visited Indonesia in April last year. I will be visiting Indonesia myself after Easter.

EMPLOYMENT

Departmental Property

Mr. Enright : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what property, leased or owned for the purposes of his Department, is not in current use.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Employment Group has an estate of 1,779 properties and holdings of which :

702 are occupied and are part of the Government Estate managed by Property Holdings ;

902 are occupied and managed by the Department.

Some 175 properties managed by the Department are not in current use and are being marketed actively for sale or disposal.

Appointments

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information his Department holds or obtains relating to individuals who have been appointed, or may be considered for appointment, to paid or unpaid posts for which a Minister has to approve the person or shortlist for the appointment, in particular relating to active involvement in (a) extreme left-wing organisations, (b) extreme right-wing organisations and (c) involvement in any of the political parties represented in the House of Commons.

Mr Michael Forsyth : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State takes into account the background and experience of candidates before making an appointment.

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list each appointment for which a Minister has to approve the appointment or shortlist for the appointment, showing for each appointment (a) which Minister exercises the responsibility, (b) the salary, if any, attached to the post, (c) the term of the appointment and (d) the person currently appointed to the post.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The appointment to public bodies for which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is responsible are listed in "Public Bodies 1993" a copy of which is available in the Library, with the additions of the Commissioner for Protection against Unlawful Industrial Action, and Investors in People (UK), which are new appointments.

Any remuneration attached to a post is also listed in "Public Bodies".


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The information about terms of appointment and current appointees could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what procedures his Department has to prevent the possible apppointment of individuals with extreme political views to posts for which a Minister has to approve the person or shortlist for the appointment.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State makes such inquiries as may be necessary before making an appointment.

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list the organisations and individuals who have been asked, since June 1992, to submit names of individuals to be considered for appointments to paid and unpaid posts for which a Minister has to approve the person or shortlist for the appointment ;

(2) if he will list the organisations and individuals outside his Department who are sent information on, or consulted about, individuals who are, or may be, proposed to the Minister for appointment to posts for which a Minister has to approve the person appointed or the shortlist for the appointment.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State consults such organisations as are appropriate to the appointment in question.

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of public appointments made by his Department in 1993 were of (a) Asians and (b) black people ; and if he will list their names.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The total number of ethnic minority appointments made by the Department to public bodies was given in the Cabinet Office publication "Public Bodies 1993", a copy of which is in the Library.

Information on ethnic minorities is collected in confidence, and it is not the Department's practice to release the details of the ethnic origin of individual members of public bodies.

Workplace Deaths

Mr. Barron : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average length of time of each investigation by Health and Safety Executive inspectors in each region into each workplace death.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information requested is not available.

Mr. Barron : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what action was taken as a result of each workplace death investigation completed in the last 12 months in each region.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information is not available in the form requested.

The following table shows the number of fatal injuries, provisional, reported to each region in the Health and Safety Executive's field operations division between 1 April 1992 and 31 March 1993 and how many of them have led to inspectors taking prosecution action to date.


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HSE region               |Number of     |Of which                     

                         |fatal injuries|resulted in                  

                         |reported      |prosecution                  

                                        |action                       

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Wales and South West     |52            |6                            

Home Counties            |46            |7                            

London and South East    |48            |5                            

Midlands                 |55            |9                            

Yorkshire and North East |54            |10                           

North West               |46            |8                            

Scotland                 |45            |10                           

Information on any other action taken as result of each workplace death investigation is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Barron : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many Health and Safety Executive investigations into workplace deaths were started in each year since 1983 in each region ; and how many of these were completed within (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) one month, (d) two months and (e) longer than two months.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information is not available in the form requested.

The Health and Safety Executive gives a high priority to the investigation of fatal injuries in the workplace. The following table shows the number of fatal injuries reported to HSE's factory, agricultural and quarries inspectorates from 1983 to 1992-93, provisional :


Year           |Number of                    

               |fatal injuries               

               |reported                     

---------------------------------------------

1983<1>        |472                          

1984<1>        |485                          

1985<1>        | 518<2>                      

1986-87<1>     |399                          

1987-88<1>     |455                          

1988-89<1>     |472                          

1989-90<1>     | 586<3>                      

1990-91        |468                          

1991-92        |368                          

1992-93        | 346<4>                      

<1> Excludes reports made to the Quarries    

Inspectorate.                                

<2> Includes 56 members of the public killed 

in the Bradford City FC fire disaster.       

<3> Includes 95 reportable fatalities        

arising from the Hillsborough Stadium        

disaster.                                    

<4> Provisional.                             

Information is not available on the length of time taken to complete investigations.

Mr. Barron : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many Health and Safety Executive staff in each region are involved in the investigation of each workplace death.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information is not available in the form requested. The number of Health and Safety Executive staff involved in the investigation of each workplace death varies according to the technical, medical and scientific expertise required during the investigation.


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Productivity Rewards

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his answer of 11 March, Official Report, column 433 , concerning rewards for productivity, what steps he has taken to ensure that the decisions referred to in his first paragraph are taken on a level playing field.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Government policy remains that decisions on pay and related matters are for the employers and workers concerned to make in the light of their particular local circumstances, without Government intervention.

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his answer of 11 March, Official Report, column 433, concerning rewards for productivity, whether he will publish a table showing the annual increase in output per person employed for the whole economy less manufacturing together with the figures for the whole economy and manufacturing.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The annual increases in ouput per person for the whole economy and manufacturing, since 1979, are given in the table. Figures for the whole economy less manufacturing are not calculated.


              |Manufacturing|Whole                      

                            |economy                    

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1979          |0.3          |1.4                        

1980          |-3.8         |-1.3                       

1981          |3.3          |2.4                        

1982          |6.3          |3.9                        

1983          |7.6          |4.6                        

1984          |5.3          |0.3                        

1985          |3.3          |2.9                        

1986          |3.6          |3.8                        

1987          |5.6          |2.8                        

1988          |5.6          |1.6                        

1989          |4.4          |-0.2                       

1990          |1.9          |-0.1                       

1991          |1.4          |0.5                        

1992          |4.8          |2.2                        

1993          |5.5          |3.5                        

Offshore Safety

Mr. George Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many improvement notices the offshore safety division of the Health and Safety Executive has instigated since taking over this responsibility ; and if he will list each company and installation to which such notices have been issued.


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