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Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the total expenditure on the diplomatic service for the years 1992 93 and 1993 94; if he will express this as a percentage of total spending on defence, diplomacy and aid; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Goodlad: Total expenditure on the diplomatic service in 1992 93 was £714.6 million or 3 per cent. of total spending on defence, diplomacy and aid. In1993 94, it was £774.5 million or 3 per cent. of total spending on defence, diplomacy and aid.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will arrange for publication in the Official Report of a copy of the letter on the European Union, sent to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent, to which he refers in his answer of 3 November 1994 Official Report, column 1385.
"What arrangements exists to fill the positions of Fisheries Commissioner and Interior Judicial Affairs Commissioner in the event that the Norwegian and Swedish electorates reject joining the European Union?"
We expect that the Commission President would reallocate responsibility for these issues among the remaining Commissioners. It is his prerogative to do so.
Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the establishment of an international judicial process to prosecute individuals suspected of genocide and other crimes against humanity in Rwanda.
Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries in Africa have been the subject of arms export licence refusals on the ground of internal oppression or regional insecurity.
No applications for export licences were refused to countries in Africa on the grounds of internal oppression or regional insecurity in that period.
Column 305force to be used in preventive and peacekeeping missions; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: Some UN member states have proposed the creation of a rapid deployment force dedicated to UN peacekeeping. Given the costs of maintaining, training and equipping such a force, and the difficulty of matching its capabilities to the widely varying requirements of different missions, those ideas have not found widespread support. The UN Secretary- General has, however, established a UN standby force planning team tasked with creating a database of the resources which member states can make available to the United Nations at short notice. The Secretary-General's objective in launching this initiative is to enhance the capability of the United Nations to launch peacekeeping operations and deploy forces rapidly. Many member states, including the United Kingdom, have already supplied the necessary information to the UN
Secretary-General and we and the French Government are actively encouraging other states to support this UN initiative.
Ms Quin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many times votes in the EU Council have been published under the provisions of article 7(5) of Council decision 93/662/EC on allowing greater publicity for Council meetings;
(2) how many times explanations of votes in EU Council meetings have been published in accordance with article 5 of Council decision 93/662/EC on allowing greater publicity for Council meetings.
Mr. Baldry: The press releases which are issued after each Council meeting are placed in the Library. Since the publication of the Council decision referred to by the hon. Member, these have normally contained details of votes and explanations of votes.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: There are at present no plans to open an embassy in Armenia. The pattern of overseas representation is kept under review. HM ambassador in Moscow is accredited to Armenia and his staff make regular visits there.
Ms Quin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to open an embassy in Moldova or change the current method of United Kingdom representation in that country.
Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many United Kingdom citizens are employed in Libya according to latest statistics; and what was the figures five years ago.
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the salary and other emoluments of the civil servant who did the work of, or work comparable to that of, the chief executive of each next step agency established by his Department before the agency was established.
Mr. Goodlad: The civil servant who did the work comparable to that of the director of the Natural Resources Institute before it was established as an agency was a home civil servant grade 4. The present national salary scale for that grade is £45,278 to £54,815. The civil servant who did the work of the director of Wilton Park before it was established as an agency was a diplomatic service grade 4--equivalent to home civil servant grade 5. The present national salary scale for that grade is £36,739 to £54,815. Neither officer was entitled to London weighting.
Mr. Goodlad: The conduct of Ministers in my Department is governed by "Questions of Procedure for Ministers", the guidance for all Departments promulgated by the Cabinet Office. Conditions of service for the staff of my Department incorporate the general principles of conduct that require civil servants not to misuse the information which they acquire in the course of their duties; not to make use of their official position to further their private interests or those of others; and not to receive gifts, hospitality or benefits of any kind from a third party, which might be seen to compromise their personal judgment or integrity.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list and date those occasions over the last two years when Ministers or officials in his Department have met lobbying companies, prior to a decision being made on the subject of the meeting with the lobbying company.
Column 307Lockerbie bombing incident; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how he will ensure that the services of (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) the Overseas Development Administration, (c) the BBC World Service and (d) the British Council remain at appropriate levels; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Goodlad: Expenditure plans for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Diplomatic Wing, and the Overseas Development Administration are reviewed annually as part of the public expenditure survey. The outcome is announced in the Financial Statement and Budget Report and in more detail in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's departmental report. Planned grants in aid to the BBC World Service, which is funded on a triennial basis, and the British Council are reviewed at the same time.
Mr. Baldry: Our last summit meeting in April showed that British/German relations are very good. It underlined the close co- operation and contacts between our two Governments across the board and our common approach to many important issues affecting Europe and the rest of the world.
During the German presidency of the European Union, we have continued to work closely on a wide range of subjects, including growth and employment in the Union, the extension of security and prosperity to the east, and efforts to combat organised crime. Now that Chancellor Kohl's new Government are in place, we look forward to working with them bilaterally and in the European Union to ensure a good outcome to the Essen European Council and beyond.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister what is the position of Her Majesty's Government on inviting senior civil servants, such as the Cabinet Secretary, to sit with the Patronage Secretary to examine Ministers about their conduct.
The Prime Minister: From time to time, my right hon. Friend the Chief Whip and the Cabinet Secretary are asked to advise me on matters relating to the registration of Members' interests and "Questions of Procedure for Ministers". This may necessitate establishing the facts with the Ministers concerned.
Column 308Pan Am 103 crash over Lockerbie; and if he will identify their respective responsibilities.
The Prime Minister: The Crown Office is the lead department on matters relating to the prosecution of those suspected of the Lockerbie bombing. The Foreign and Commonwealth office is the lead Department for international aspects. These Departments consult others on issues for which they are responsible, as they arise.
The Prime Minister: This morning I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.
The Prime Minister: Pension arrangements are a personal matter for individual Ministers. However, they are expected to follow the guidance in paragraphs128 134 of "Questions of Procedure for Ministers".
Mr. Winnick: To ask the Prime Minister if the Government will ask the Confederation of British Industry to request that salary increases for chief executives and chairmen of companies should not exceed the rate of inflation; and if he will make a statement.
Column 309figureprovided for by the draft Ministerial Salaries Order 1994 would be £42,834 for a Cabinet Minister against a Member's salary of £33,189 under the resolution of3 November 1993, giving a ratio of 1.3:1.
Mr. Newton: The salaries of Ministers and other paid office holders were last increased from 1 January 1994 under the terms of the Ministerial and Other Salaries Order 1993. At that time it was decided that henceforth the level of ministerial salaries should normally be increased by the same proportion as those of hon. Members, and that
Column 310Ministers in the other place would receive the same increases, in cash terms, as their counterparts in this House.
I announced this arrangement to the House during the debate on Members' salaries in November 1993, Official Report, 3 November 1993, column 457. Ministers in this House will receive the 2.7 per cent. staged payment from last year's award, plus a 2 per cent. increase due in respect of the 1995 settlement. Ministers in the other place will receive the corresponding cash increases. The draft Ministerial and Other Salaries Order to implement these changes from 1 January 1995 was laid in the House on Monday 21 November. The details are set out in the tables.
In accordance with the resolution of 3 November 1993, the same increases will be applied to the reduced parliamentary salary paid to Commons Ministers and paid office holders, which will increase from the current rate of £23,854 to £24,985 on 1 January 1995.
Ministers salaries |2nd stage of 1994 |Total inc. 2 per |cent. |settlement wef |1995 settlement wef |Current salary |1 January 1995 |1 January 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Commons Ministers etc. Prime Minister |54,438 |55,900 |57,018 Cabinet Minister |40,895 |41,994 |42,834 Minister of State |28,936 |29,713 |30,307 Parliamentary Under Secretary |21,961 |22,551 |23,002 Attorney General |43,456 |44,624 |45,516 Solicitor General |35,632 |36,589 |37,321 Government Chief Whip |34,037 |34,951 |35,650 Government Deputy Chief Whip |28,936 |29,713 |30,307 Government Whips |18,620 |19,120 |19,502 Assistant Government Whips |18,620 |19,120 |19,502 Leader of the Opposition |37,495 |38,502 |39,272 Opposition Chief Whip |28,936 |29,713 |30,307 Assistant Opposition Whip |18,620 |19,120 |19,502 Speaker |42,909 |44,062 |44,943 Chairman of Ways and Means |28,936 |29,713 |30,307 First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means |25,431 |26,114 |26,636 Second Deputy Chairman Ways and Means |25,431 |26,114 |26,636 Lords Ministers etc. Cabinet Minister |52,260 |53,999 |55,329 Minister of State |46,333 |47,751 |48,835 Parliamentary Under Secretary |38,894 |40,124 |41,065 Lord Advocate |52,340 |54,079 |55,409 Government Chief Whip |46,333 |47,751 |48,835 Government Deputy Chief Whip |38,894 |40,124 |41,065 Government Whips |35,099 |36,239 |37,111 Leader of the Opposition |38,894 |40,124 |41,065 Opposition Chief Whip |35,099 |36,239 |37,111 Chairman of Committees |46,333 |47,751 |48,835 Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees |42,354 |43,772 |44,856 Minister in neither house Solicitor General (Scotland) |45,539 |46,762 |47,697 Parliamentary salaries Member of Parliament |31,687 |32,538 |33,189 Reduced parliamentary salary |23,854 |24,495 |24,985 The Speaker is entitled to draw the salary shown in this table, under the Ministerial and Other Salaries Order, but has opted to take a lower salary equal to that of a Cabinet Minister in the House of Commons. The Lord Chancellor's salary is set separately by Section 3 of the Ministerial and Other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991.
1. Advisory Council for Agriculture and Horticulture in England and Wales
2. Farm Settlements Advisory Committee for Selection of Tenants 3. Plant Variety Rights Advisory Panels (12)
4. Poultry Diseases Panel
5. Torry Research Station Advisory Committee
1. Advisory Committee on the Banana Trade
2. Experimental Centres Advisory Committees in England and Wales (reduced from 22 to 21)
3. Regional Panels (reduced from 7 to 5)
4. Tate & Lyle Customer Safeguards Committee
1. Agricultural Wages Committees (reduced from 25 to 24) 2. White Fish Authority (abolished October 1981 and replaced by SFIA)
3. Agricultural Construction Industry Liaison Group
4. Milk and Dairies Tribunal (reduced from 7 to 5)
1. Thames Barrier Advisory Team
2. Flood Protection Research Committee
3. Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Co-operation (replaced by Food From Britain March 1983)
4. Experimental Centres Advisory Committees England and Wales (reduced from 21 to 20)
1. Committee on Artificial Insemination of Cattle
2. Land Settlement Association Ltd
3. `Food Additives and Contaminants Committee' and `Food Standards Committee' amalgamated to form `Food Advisory Committee' 4. Fisheries R & D Board
5. Kew Scientific Advisory Panel
6. Scientific Panel for Fertilisers and Feeding Stuffs
7. Wakehurst Place Consultative Panel
1. Joint Consultative Organisation for R & D in Agriculture and Food (abolished May 1984 replaced by Priorities Board for R & D in Agriculture and Food)
1. Eggs Authority (31.12.86.)