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Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many patients injured in the war in Bosnia each European Union country has treated in its own hospitals.

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.

28. Mr. Hardy : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the state of Bosnia has now been taken by the Serbs as a result of military action.

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.

23. Mrs. Gorman : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what British interests are served by involvement of British troops in Bosnia.

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.

European Union

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.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The General Affairs Council has had a number of discussions aimed at making the


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European 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.

Mr. Hayes : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish a statement on the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The following meetings are planned : 6 May : Development Council

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.

Deposit Guarantee.

Fraud.

Lunch.

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.

CFSP financing.

EC/Egypt : preparation of Cooperation Council.

Preparation of EEA Council.

Russia : partnership agreement.

Relations with Ukraine.

Relations with Switzerland.

Ex-Yugoslavia.

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.

EEA Council.

(d) Energy Council : 25 May

Electricity liberalisation : Orientation Debate.

Energy TENs Guidelines : Political Agreement.

Energy Policy.

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.


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(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.

South Korea

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.

Bulgaria

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.

Eastern Europe

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.

Council of Europe

26. Mr. David Atkinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his policy towards the enlargement of the Council of Europe.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The United Kingdom welcomes the accession of countries which meet the criteria laid down in the statute of the Council of Europe.


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Foreign Affairs Council

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.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The agenda for the next Foreign Affairs Council on 16-17 May has not yet been agreed. It is too early to say what particular issues we shall wish to raise.

Italy

29. Mr. Heald : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts he has had with the new Government in Italy.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The new Italian Government are not yet in place. When they are, we shall look forward to working closely with our new Italian colleagues.

Cross-border Enforcement

30. Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he hopes to meet the President of the European Commission to discuss cross-border enforcement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : I meet the President of the European Commission regularly, and we discuss a range of issues.

Kashmir

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

Russia

32. Ms Rachel Squire : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the Russian Government to discuss security and co-operation in Europe.

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 in which countries along the border of the former Soviet Union Russian forces are currently deployed.

Mr. Goodlad : There are currently Russian forces in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Transcaucasus and Central Asia, as well as in Latvia and Estonia.


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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.

37. Mr. Ian Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Russian Foreign Secretary about Russia's intentions in its near abroad.

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.

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

33. Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with

representatives of central and Latin American Governments relating to the GATT agreement.


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