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Mr. Goodlad: Radio Television Hong Kong--RTHK--has always enjoyed full editorial independence. The Hong Kong Government are considering plans to enact legislation to corporatise RTHK. This would formalise the role of RTHK and set out basic editorial safeguards. The Sino-British Joint Declaration guarantees the freedom of press in Hong Kong after 30 June 1997.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to amend Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority Ordinance before 1997.

Mr. Goodlad: There are no plans at present to amend Hong Kong's Broadcasting Authority Ordinance. But the Hong Kong Government plans to amend the Television Ordinance as part of a rationalisation of Hong Kong's broadcasting legislation.


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Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he is making to the Government of China about article 23 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong special administrative region of the People's Republic of China which prohibits after 1997 political organisations in Hong Kong from establishing ties with foreign political organisations or bodies.

Mr. Goodlad: Annex I, section XIII of the Sino-British Joint Declaration states that the Hong Kong special administrative region Government shall maintain the rights and freedoms as provided for by the laws previously in force in Hong Kong, including freedom of assembly, of association, of correspondence, of movement and of belief. The Joint Declaration is a solid foundation for Hong Kong's future freedoms in these areas.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will amend the Hong Kong film Censorship Ordinance to bring it in line with United Kingdom legislation.

Mr. Goodlad: The Hong Kong Government keep the Hong Kong Film Censorship Ordinance under review to ensure that it continues to reflect local needs and values. The ordinance was most recently amended in July 1993. The Hong Kong Government will propose further amendments in January 1995. It is not necessary or desirable to align film censorship legislation in Hong Kong precisely with that of the United Kingdom.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth affairs which provisions of the Hong Kong Summary Offences Ordinance permit prosecutions of people using a loudhailer without permission; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Goodlad: Section 4(29) of the Summary Offences Ordinance prohibits the use of loudhailers in public places without prior permission from the Commissioner of Police. There have been no prosecutions under this section for several years. Since the provisions under the Noise Control Ordinance are adequate for the prevention of nuisance, the Hong Kong Government plan to repeal section 4(29) of the Summary Offences Ordinance in the present session of the Legislative Council.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on setting up an independent human rights commission in Hong Kong; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Goodlad: We have received a number of representations, including a recommendation in the Foreign Affairs Committee's first report, "Relations between the United Kingdom and China in the period up to and beyond 1997" published on 23 March 1994. Our policy on this question remains as set out in the observations on the report laid before the House on 1 July.

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many individuals in Hong Kong have been granted right of abode in the United Kingdom after 1997.

Mr. Goodlad: As at 22 October, 100,760 people in Hong Kong have obtained British citizenship, which confers the automatic right of abode in the United Kingdom, under the provisions of the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1990.


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Public Appointments

Mrs. Maddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of public appointments made by his Department were held by women at the most recent date for which figures are available.

Mr. Goodlad: The latest published figures, ie those given in "Public Bodies 1993", show that as at 1 April 1993, 25 per cent. of public appointments made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including the Overseas Development Administration, were held by women. Figures for 1994 are being collected and will be announced in due course.

Quangos

Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which former hon. Members of this House have been appointed since 1988 by his Department to quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations; and if he will list, in each case, the title of the post, the salary, the duration of the appointment, and the party which each represented as an hon. Member.

Mr. Goodlad: There are currently no former Members of Parliament who have been appointed by the FCO to quasi-autonomous

non-governmental organisations.

As there are no centrally kept records, to answer the question in full would incur disproportionate cost.

Embassy Staff

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the number and grade of staff at each embassy and high commission whose responsibilities lie primarily in promoting trade with the United Kingdom.

Mr. Goodlad: The numbers and grades of United Kingdom based and locally engaged staff at Foreign and Commonwealth Office missions overseas whose responsibilities lie primarily in promoting trade with the United Kingdom are listed in the table.

There are, in addition, a large number of staff who contribute a lower proportion of their time to export promotion.


Numbers of staff at FCO missions overseas whose responsibilities                

lie primarily in promoting trade with the United Kingdom                        

Location of mission |Grade              |Number in Grade                        

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Abidjan             |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Abidjan             |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Abu Dhabi           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Abu Dhabi           |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Abuja               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Accra               |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Accra               |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Addis Ababa         |LE                 |2.00                                   

Aden                |LE                 |1.00                                   

Al Khobar           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Al Khobar           |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Alexandria          |LE                 |2.00                                   

Algiers             |LE                 |3.00                                   

Almaty              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Amman               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Ankara              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Ankara              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Antananarivo        |LE                 |2.00                                   

Antigua             |LE                 |1.00                                   

Asuncion            |LE                 |2.00                                   

Athens              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Atlanta             |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Auckland            |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Auckland            |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Bahrain             |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Baku                |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Ban Seri Beg        |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |1.00                                   

Bangalore           |LE                 |2.00                                   

Bangkok             |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Bangkok             |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Bangkok             |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

Bangkok             |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |14.00                                  

Barcelona           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Beirut              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Belgrade            |LE                 |6.00                                   

Belmopan            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Belo Horizonte      |LE                 |1.00                                   

Berlin              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Berlin              |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Berne               |LE                 |2.00                                   

Bilbao              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Bogota              |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Bombay              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Bombay              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Bombay              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |9.00                                   

Bordeaux            |LE                 |3.00                                   

Boston              |LE                 |5.00                                   

Bratislava          |LE                 |2.00                                   

Brasilia            |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Bridgetown          |LE                 |3.00                                   

Brisbane            |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Brisbane            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Brussels            |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Brussels            |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |11.00                                  

Brussels Ukrep      |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |1.00                                   

Bucharest           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Budapest            |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Budapest            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Budapest            |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Buenos Aires        |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Buenos Aires        |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Cairo               |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Cairo               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Calcutta            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Canberra            |LE                 |2.00                                   

Cape Town           |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Caracas             |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Caracas             |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Casablanca          |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Casablanca          |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Castries            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Chicago             |DS 3               |1.00                                   

Chicago             |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |10.00                                  

Christchurch        |LE                 |2.00                                   

Cleveland           |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Colombo             |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Copenhagen          |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |15.00                                  

Dakar               |LE                 |1.00                                   

Dallas              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Damascus            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Dar Es Salaam       |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Dhaka               |LE                 |4.00                                   

Doha                |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Doha                |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Douala              |LE                 |1.00                                   

Dubai               |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Dubai               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Dubai               |DS 9               |2.00                                   

Dubai               |LE                 |8.00                                   

Dublin              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Dublin              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Durban              |LE                 |2.00                                   

Dusseldorf          |DS 3               |1.00                                   

Dusseldorf          |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Dusseldorf          |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Dusseldorf          |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |17.00                                  

Florence            |LE                 |2.00                                   

Frankfurt           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Frankfurt           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Freetown            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Gaborone            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Gaborone            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Geneva CG           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Gothenburg          |LE                 |2.00                                   

Guatemala City      |LE                 |1.00                                   

Georgetown          |LE                 |2.00                                   

Hamburg             |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Hanoi               |DS 3               |1.00                                   

Hanoi               |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Hanoi               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Harare              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Havana              |LE                 |2.00                                   

Helsinki            |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Helsinki            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |9.00                                   

Ho Chi Minh         |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Ho Chi Minh         |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Hong Kong BTC       |DS 3               |1.00                                   

Hong Kong BTC       |DS 4               |0.90                                   

Hong Kong BTC       |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Hong Kong BTC       |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Hong Kong CTU       |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Hong Kong CTU       |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Houston             |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Islamabad           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Islamabad           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Islamabad           |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Istanbul            |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Istanbul            |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Jakarta             |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Jakarta             |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Jakarta             |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

Jakarta             |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |10.00                                  

Jedda               |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Jedda               |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Jedda               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Jerusalem           |LE                 |2.00                                   

Johannesburg        |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Johannesburg        |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Johannesburg        |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |11.00                                  

Kabul               |LE                 |1.00                                   

Kaduna              |LE                 |2.00                                   

Kampala             |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |1.00                                   

Kano                |LE                 |1.00                                   

Karachi             |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Kathmandu           |LE                 |2.00                                   

Khartoum            |LE                 |4.00                                   

Kiev                |LE                 |2.00                                   

Kingston            |LE                 |3.00                                   

Kinshasa            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Kuala Lumpar        |DS 4               |2.00                                   

Kuala Lumpar        |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Kuala Lumpar        |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

Kuala Lumpar        |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |11.00                                  

Kuwait              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Kuwait              |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Le Paz              |LE                 |2.00                                   

Lagos               |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Las Palmas          |LE                 |1.00                                   

Lille               |LE                 |5.00                                   

Lilongwe            |LE                 |2.00                                   

Lima                |LE                 |2.00                                   

Lisbon              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Lisbon              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |10.00                                  

Ljubljana           |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Ljubljana           |LE                 |2.00                                   

Lome                |LE                 |00                                     

Los Angeles         |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Luanda              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Lusaka              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Luxembourg          |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |1.00                                   

Lyons               |DS 4               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Madras              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Madras              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Madrid              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Madrid              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Madrid              |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

                    |LE                 |15.00                                  

Managua             |LE                 |1.00                                   

Manila              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Manila              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Maputo              |LE                 |1.00                                   

Marseilles          |DS 4               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Marseru             |LE                 |1.00                                   

Mbabane             |LE                 |1.00                                   

Melbourne           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Melbourne           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Mexico City         |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Mexico City         |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |9.00                                   

Miaimi              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Milan               |DS 3               |1.00                                   

Milan               |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |19.00                                  

Minsk               |LE                 |1.00                                   

Montevideo          |LE                 |3.00                                   

Montreal            |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Montreal            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Moscow              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Moscow              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Moscow              |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

Moscow              |DS 10              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Munich              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Muscat              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Muscat              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Muscat              |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Nagoya              |LE                 |3.00                                   

Nairobi             |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Nairobi             |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Naples              |LE                 |2.00                                   

Nassau              |LE                 |1.00                                   

New Delhi           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

New Delhi           |DS 5               |1.00                                   

New Delhi           |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

New Delhi           |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |16.00                                  

New York CG         |DS 4               |1.00                                   

New York CG         |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |18.00                                  

Nicosia             |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Oporto              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Osaka               |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Osaka               |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |9.00                                   

Oslo                |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Oslo                |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Oslo                |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Ottawa              |LE                 |3.00                                   

Panama City         |LE                 |2.00                                   

Paris               |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Paris               |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Paris               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

Paris               |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |23.00                                  

Peking              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Peking              |DS 5               |2.00                                   

Peking              |DS 7D              |3.00                                   

Peking              |DS 9               |1.00                                   

Peking              |S2                 |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Perth               |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Perth               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Phnom Penh          |LE                 |1.00                                   

Port Harcourt       |LE                 |2.00                                   

Port Louis          |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Port Moresby        |LE                 |1.00                                   

Port of Spain       |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Prague              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Prague              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Pusan               |LE                 |2.00                                   

Quito               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Rabat               |DS 9               |1.00                                   

Rangoon             |DS 3               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Recife              |LE                 |2.00                                   

Reykjavik           |LE                 |1.00                                   

Riga                |LE                 |2.00                                   

Rio de Janeiro      |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |8.00                                   

Riyadh              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Riyadh              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Riyadh              |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

Riyadh              |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Rome                |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Rome                |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

San Francisco       |DS 4               |1.00                                   

San Francisco       |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

San Jose            |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

San Juan            |LE                 |1.00                                   

San Salvador        |LE                 |1.00                                   

Sana'a              |LE                 |3.00                                   

Santiago            |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Santiago            |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |5.00                                   

Santo Domigo        |LE                 |1.00                                   

Sao Paulo           |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Sao Paulo           |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |7.00                                   

Seattle             |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Seoul               |DS 4               |2.00                                   

Seoul               |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Seoul               |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

                    |LE                 |21.00                                  

Seville             |LE                 |2.00                                   

Shanghai            |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Shanghai            |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |1.00                                   

Singapore           |DS 3               |1.00                                   

Singapore           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Singapore           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Singapore           |DS 7M              |2.00                                   

                    |LE                 |11.00                                  

Sofia               |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

St. Petersburg      |LE                 |3.00                                   

Stockholm           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Stockholm           |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Stockholm           |DS 9               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |12.00                                  

Stuttgart           |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Suva                |LE                 |2.00                                   

Sydney              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Sydney              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Sydney              |DS 6               |1.00                                   

Sydney              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |9.00                                   

Tallinn             |LE                 |1.00                                   

Tashkent            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Tegucigalpa         |LE                 |1.00                                   

Tehran              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Tehran              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Tel Aviv            |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

The Hague           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

The Hague           |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |10.00                                  

Tokyo               |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Tokyo               |DS 5               |3.00                                   

Tokyo               |DS 7D              |1.00                                   

Tokyo               |DS 9               |2.00                                   

Tokyo               |S2                 |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |29.00                                  

Toronto             |DS 3               |1.00                                   

Toronto             |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Toronto             |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Tunis               |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |3.00                                   

Turin               |LE                 |1.00                                   

Ulaanbaatar         |LE                 |1.00                                   

Valletta            |LE                 |3.00                                   

Vancouver           |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Vancouver           |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Victoria            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Vienna              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |6.00                                   

Vilnius             |LE                 |2.00                                   

Warsaw              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

Warsaw              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |10.00                                  

Washington          |DS 6               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |4.00                                   

Wellington          |LE                 |3.00                                   

Windhoek            |LE                 |1.00                                   

Yaounde             |LE                 |1.00                                   

Zagreb              |DS 7M              |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |2.00                                   

Zurich              |DS 4               |1.00                                   

Zurich              |DS 5               |1.00                                   

                    |LE                 |10.00                                  

Grade key                                                                       

DS 5/6 = 1st secretary                                                          

DS 7 = 2nd secretary                                                            

DS 9 = 3rd secretary                                                            

LE = locally engaged                                                            

Liberia

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the present numbers, by nationality, of Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group forces in Liberia.

Mr. Baldry: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply that he received from my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (Sir Mark Lennox -Boyd) on 22 March, Official Report, column 142 . Since then, Nigeria has reportedly reduced its presence. We have no further information.

South Africa

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to South Africa on its arms sales to Sudan.

Mr. Baldry: No representations have been made.

Diplomatic Wing (Costs)

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes he proposes to make in his Department's diplomatic wing cash limits and running costs for 1994 95.

Mr. Baldry: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate the following changes will be made. The cash limit for class II, vote 2--other external relations--will be increased by £41,333,000 from £415,509,000 to £456,842,000, mainly to take account of United Nations peacekeeping operations and the repatriation of Vietnamese boat people. The increase is partly offset by appropriations in aid. The balance will be charged to the reserve.

The cash limit for class II, vote 3--external broadcasting and monitoring-- will be increased by £2,749,000 from £171,509,000 to £174, 258,000, in respect of the take-up of end-year flexibility entitlement announced by my right hon. Friend the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the right hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate, (Mr. Portillo) on 14 July 1994, Official Report, columns 729 34 .

The increases will be offset by increased receipts or charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure. There are no changes to running costs.

European Union

Mr. French: 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. David Davis: The following meetings are planned.

7 November: ECOFIN

8 November: Industry

10 November: Cultural Affairs

14 November: Agriculture

15 November: Agriculture

16 November: Budget

17 November: Telecom

21 November: Transport


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22 November: Transport

23 November: Fisheries

25 November: Development

28 November: FAC

29 November: FAC, Energy

30 November: Justice, Youth Council

1 December: Justice

The following subjects are likely to be discussed.

A: 7 November, ECOFIN

White paper on competitiveness and employment

Vat definitive regime

CO2/energy tax (possible)

Taxation of savings (possible)

Financial assistance to Slovakia (possible)

Dinner with CEE Finance Ministers

B: 8 November, Industry Agenda likely to include:

(i) Resolution on industrial competitiveness

(ii) Steel (Ekostahl)

C: 10 November, Cultural Affairs

Agenda not available

D: 14/15 November, Agriculture

Wine (possible)

Duram wheat (possible)

Set-aside (possible)

CAP simplification (possible)

Fruit and vegetables (possible)

Yellow fats (possible)

Definition of butter (possible)

Sugar (possible)

Animal welfare (possible)

Plant breeder rights

E: 16 November, Budget

Council second reading of 1995 budget

Revision to financial perspectives

F: 17 November, Telecom Possible agenda:

Infrastructure liberalisation

Digital broadcasting standards

Interchange of Data between Administrations

Mutual recognition of Telecoms/Satellite licenses

Access to Space segment

TENs ISON

G: 21 November, Transport Maritime

Port State Control Directive, common position

Reporting zones Directive, common position

Ferry safety Directive, possible resolution

Competition Directive, discussion

Land

High Speed Train interoperability--orientation debate

Tachographs--orientation debate

Dangerous goods advisers--orientation debate

Trans European Networks--orientation debate

Other

Switzerland discussion

Satellite Navigation resolution

H: 23 November, Fisheries

Spain and Portugal

Marketing

Guide prices

I: 25 November, Development

Agenda not available

J: 28 November, FAC

Agenda not available


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