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Mr. Douglas Hogg : Statistics do not distinguish between patients injured in the war and patients who are seriously ill and cannot be treated locally. The latest figures from the International Organisation for Migration are as follows : Belgium : 25 ; Denmark : 87 ; France : 10 ; Germany : 19 ; Greece : 19 ; Ireland : 23 ; Italy : 134 ; Luxembourg : 5 ; Netherlands : 15 ; Portugal : 0 ; Spain : 16 ; United Kingdom : 66.
Mr. Hurd : The Bosnian Serb army controls about 70 per cent. of the republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. A substantial Bosnian Serb withdrawal from territory it now holds will be an essential element in any future peace settlement.
Mr. Hurd : It is a British interest to ensure that the war in Bosnia does not spread. It is in keeping with our interests and our position in the UN, EU and NATO that a negotiated settlement should be achieved. We have a responsibility to help relieve human suffering in this tragic corner of Europe.
The presence of UN troops is necessary to underpin the international diplomatic and humanitarian effort and to help restore regional peace and security. The British military contribution, although not the largest, is extremely effective.
18. Ms Eagle : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts about the public accountability and openness of European Union decision-making.
Column 550European Union more open and accountable, which led to agreements at the end of last year on the publication of votes and public access to documents. The United Kingdom strongly supports these moves.
16 May : ECOFIN Council
16/17 May : FAC Council
25 May : Energy Council
26 May : Education Council
27 May : Tourism Council
30 May : Telecommuncations Council
30/31 May : Agriculture Council
(a) Development Council : 6 May
Agenda not yet available.
(b) ECOFIN Council : 16 May
White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment. Recent developments in the European Economy.
Financial assistance to Central and Eastern Europe and to the Former Soviet Union.
Preparation for Joint meeting with Central and Eastern European Finance Ministers at 6 June ECOFIN.
(c) Foreign Affairs Council : 16 17 May
White Paper follow-up.
EC/Egypt : preparation of Cooperation Council.
Preparation of EEA Council.
Russia : partnership agreement.
Relations with Ukraine.
Relations with Switzerland.
Stability Pact : economic incentives.
Relations with EP in Titles V and VI of the Treaty of European Union.
(Possible) Textiles : inward processing relief.
(Possible) Classified documents.
(Possible) Committee of Regions : Rules of Procedure.
(Possible) Enlargement : Council decision under Article 0 of the Treaty of European Union.
Public access to Council documents.
Site of European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.
In the margins :
Cooperation Council with Egypt.
(d) Energy Council : 25 May
Electricity liberalisation : Orientation Debate.
Energy TENs Guidelines : Political Agreement.
Energy and Cohesion : Council conclusions.
Nuclear Safety assistance for Central and Eastern Europe and for the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Energy Charter Treaty : stocktake.
(Possible) Commission proposal on Thermie II : Commission presentation.
(e) Education Council : 26 May
Agenda not yet arrived.
(f) Tourism Council : 27 May
Agenda not yet arrived.
(g) Telecommunications Council : 30 May
Agenda not yet arrived.
(h) Agriculture Council : 30 31 May
Plant Breeders rights.
(Possible) Uniform Principles.
(Possible) Price Fixing.
(Possible) Milk Quotas.
(Possible) Wine Regime.
(Possible) Revision of rules on structural support.
21. Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to visit South Korea ; and if he will make a statement on United Kingdom relations with South Korea.
Mr. Goodlad : My right honourable Friend the Foreign Secretary has no plans to visit South Korea in the immediate future. I last visited Seoul in January this year. The United Kingdom's relations with South Korea are excellent.
22. Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Bulgarian authorities following the incidents involving the Bulgarian police and supporters of Rangers football club following the latter's European Cup match in Sofia last September.
Mr. Goodlad : Following complaints received by Glasgow Rangers fans about their treatment by the Bulgarian police, the embassy in Sofia made formal representations to the Bulgarian authorities on 23 November 1993. A reminder was sent on 22 December and again on 8 March. No reply has yet been received. We will continue to press the Bulgarian authorities.
24. Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the know-how fund in making east Europeans aware of democracy and free markets.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The know-how fund is generally well regarded for the effectiveness of the advice and expertise which it provides to help the countries of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union move towards democracy and free market economies. Both the President and the Prime Minister of Russia commented favourably on the quality of know-how fund support to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister during his recent visit.
27. Sir Teddy Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what particular issues he intends to raise for consideration at the next meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union.
31. Mr. Jim Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister of India, or his representatives, regarding Kashmir.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : When my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary visited Moscow in February, they discussed a range of issues with members of the Russian Government, including security and co-operation in Europe. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mamedov recently discussed these issues in London with my right honourable and learned Friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Mr. David Atkinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the Russian plan to establish or confirm bases in countries which formerly belonged to the Soviet Union.
Mr. Goodlad : There have been reports that Russia intends to establish or confirm up to 30 bases in the rest of the former Soviet Union, on the basis of agreement with the Governments of the countries concerned.
Mr. David Atkinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries in which Russian forces are currently deployed (a) with the agreement of the Government concerned and (b) without agreement.
Mr. Goodlad : Moldova has asked for the withdrawal of the Russian 14th army. The future of the Black sea fleet is currently under discussion between Russia and Ukraine. An agreement has been signed between Russia and Latvia on withdrawals of Russian troops from Latvia by 31 August. Estonia is seeking the withdrawal of Russian troops by 31 August. We are not aware of objections, on the part of the Governments concerned, to the presence of Russian troops in any other countries where they are currently stationed.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed Russia's policy towards the other states of the former Soviet Union with the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr. Kozyrev, when he was in Moscow with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in February.
representatives of central and Latin American Governments relating to the GATT agreement.