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Mr. David Davis: The following states are not yet members of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty:

Andorra

Angola

Brazil

Chile

Comoros

Cook Islands

Cuba

Djibouti

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

India

Israel

Micronesia

Niue

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

United Arab Emirates

Vanuatu


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Lockerbie

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provisions govern the setting up of a European Commission investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.      [15217]

Mr. Douglas Hogg: The criminal investigation into the Lockerbie bombing is a matter for the Crown Office and Dumfries and Galloway constabulary, with assistance from the law enforcement authorities in other countries. It is not a matter for the European Commission, which has no competence in criminal matters.

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations concerning Lockerbie Her Majesty's Government are making to the 103rd session of the council of the Arab League in Cairo in March.      [15218]

Mr. Douglas Hogg: None.

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will submit to the Security Commission any evidence pertaining to Lockerbie, available to Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the United States, enabling them to support a case against two accused Libyans, which was withheld from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.      [15219]

Mr. Douglas Hogg: No.

Deregulation

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that his ministerial management information system for establishing objectives for his Department, includes deregulation objectives (a) for him and (b) for each of the Ministers within his Department.      [15559]

Mr. Goodlad: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 6 February, Official Report , columns 21 22 .

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what targets he has for withdrawing regulations within his Department.      [15543]

Mr. Goodlad: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Corporate Affairs today.

Special Advisers

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what facilities in terms of (a) access to telephones, (b) use of equipment, (c) use of offices, (d) access to Ministerial meetings, (e) sight of correspondence, (f) attendance at interdepartmental meetings and (g) access to civil servants are available to specialist advisers in his Department.      [15626]

Mr. Goodlad: I refer to the answer given today by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster.

Political Advisers

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of those persons appointed as political advisers to his Department since May 1992.      [15627]


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Mr. Goodlad: Mr. Michael Maclay was appointed to this Department as a special adviser on 19 July 1993. Mr. Maurice Fraser, the other special adviser, was reappointed to the Department on 13 April 1992.

Arms Exports

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will outline the ways in which the international behaviour of a buyer country would act as a deterrent to the export of arms from the United Kingdom, as stated in the common criteria for arms exports of the EC states, adopted by the heads of government of European Community countries in June 1991;      [16528]

(2) if he will state the criteria which are used when deciding not to export arms to countries that abuse human rights, as stated in the common criteria for arms exports of the EC states, adopted by the heads of government of European Community countries in June 1991;      [16527]

(3) if he will state the criteria which are used when deciding not to export arms where they might have a detrimental effect on the internal situation in the country of final destination, as stated in the common criteria for arms exports of the EC states, adopted by the heads of government of European Community countries in June 1991.      [16529]

Mr. David Davis: Applications for export licences for defence equipment are considered case by case on the basis of agreed criteria which include the internal situation in the country of final destination.

United Nations Covenants

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that have not ratified the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights.      [16536]

Mr. Douglas Hogg: The information that the hon. Member for Cynon Valley has requested is contained in United Nations

document--reference ST/HR/4/Rev.10. A copy will be placed in the Library. Since the publication of this document the following states, to our knowledge, have become party to the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights:

Kyrgyzstan

Namibia

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that have not ratified the international covenant on civil and political rights.      [16535]

Mr. Douglas Hogg: The information that the hon. Member for Cynon Valley has requested is contained in a United Nations

document--reference ST/HR/4/Rev.10. A copy will be placed in the Library. Since the publication of this document the following states, to our knowledge, have become party to the international covenant on civil and political rights:

Kyrgyzstan

Namibia

UN Weapons Conventions

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that have not ratified the inhumane weapons convention.      [16533]


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Mr. David Davis: The 48 countries which have ratified the 1981 United Nations weaponry convention are:

Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium. Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos Republic's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Yugoslavia.

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that have not ratified the chemical weapons convention.      [16537]

Mr. David Davis: The following 132 countries have signed, but not yet ratified, the 1993 chemical weapons convention:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Fasso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldavia, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa (Western), San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, The Holy See, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A further 31 countries have neither signed nor ratified the convention:

Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Botswana, Egypt, Grenada, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kiribati, Lebanon, Libya, former Yugoslavia, Republic of Macedonia, Mozambique, North Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Syria, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu.

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those countries that have not ratified the biological and toxin weapons convention.      [16531]

Mr. David Davis: The following 18 countries have signed, but not ratified, the 1972 bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons convention:

Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, Egypt, Gabon, Guyana, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates.

A further 37 countries have neither signed nor ratified the convention.

Algeria, Andorra. Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Georgia, Guinea, The Holy See, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgizstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Moldova, Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Palau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Western Samoa, Zambia.


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Turkey

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights restrictions in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.      [16681]

Mr. David Davis: Our concerns about human rights form a major part of our dialogue with Turkey, both bilaterally and with our EU partners. The Turkish Government have undertaken to make a number of reforms in this area. We look forward to seeing these put into effect.

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what actions he has taken to protest at Turkish military actions in Iraq.      [16685]

Mr. David Davis: We have made it clear to the Turkish authorities in both London and ankara that we look to them to withdraw their troops at the earliest opportunity, and that the principle of territorial integrity should be upheld. We have also registered strongly our concern that non- combatants in the region should not be affected.

UN Mercenaries Convention

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans Her Majesty's Government have to ratify the UN convention against the recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries.      [16526]

Mr. David Davis: We have no plans to ratify the UN convention against the recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries.

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that have not ratified the international convention against the recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries.      [16530]

Mr. David Davis: We have no plans to ratify the UN convention against the recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries. The latest information that we have on countries that have ratified the convention is from 31 December 1993. At that time no states except three, the Maldives, Suriname and Ukraine had ratified the convention.

UN Register of Conventional Arms

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that have not filed reports to the United Nations register of conventional arms.      [16534]

Mr. David Davis: Those countries who have submitted returns to the United Nations register of conventional arms are contained in the Secretary -General's report A/49/352 of 1 September 1994. A list of those countries will be deposited in the Library of the House. There is no list of countries who have not yet submitted returns.

Mr. Nicholas Ingram

Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the state of Georgia, United States of America regarding the proposed electrocution of a British citizen, Mr. Nicholas Ingram, and if he will make a statement.      [16674]


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Mr. Douglas Hogg: Due legal process has not yet been completed and it would not be appropriate for us to intervene at this stage. We continue to watch the case carefully.

Mr. Zia Rahman Farooqi

Mr. Butcher: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whose name appears on the documentation approving the entry visa for Mr. Zia Rahman Farooqi;      [16428] (2) who granted an entry visa to Mr. Zia Rahman Farooqi, leader of the Sipah-i-Sahaba, Soldiers of Islam;      [16426]

(3) which Minister was asked to approve the decision to grant an entry visa to Mr. Zia Rahman Farooqi.      [16427]

Mr. Douglas Hogg: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Madden) on 16 March, Official Report, column 657.

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

Pergau Dam

Miss Lestor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what means parliamentary authority was sought for the expenditure of £2.938 million on the Pergau dam project, listed in table 1 of class II, vote 5 of the estimates for 1992 93 as having been incurred in the years prior to 1992 93.      [15524]

Mr. Goodlad: Parliamentary authority was sought through the supply procedure for 1991 92. The project became effective in July 1991.

Namibia

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what concerns there are about the prospect of drought in Namibia; and what international plans there are to counteract this.      [15537]

Mr. Goodlad [holding answer 23 March 1995]: There has been considerable rainfall recently in the north. This has alleviated the drought situation but has led to some flooding. The Namibian Government have made provision for the purchase of grain to meet foreseeable needs for the next 15 months. The international community, through the Food and Agriculture Organisation and world food programme, continues to monitor the situation closely.

West Bank

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how he has responded to the suggestion of the Foreign Secretary of Israel that Britain should fund one of the industrial parks to be set up on the green line on the west bank.      [15528]

Mr. Baldry [holding answer 23 March 1995]: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister noted the Israeli Government's proposal for the establishment of industrial parks, and expressed willingness to look at the idea. It will require careful consideration by the UK and our EU partners.


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Slovakia

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what way the United Kingdom Government representative intends to vote on the proposed funding by the European bank for reconstruction and development and EURATOM for the completion of the Soviet designed nuclear power plant at Mochovce in Slovakia, at the meeting of the bank's board on 28 March.      [16107]

Mr. Goodlad: At the request of the Slovak Government, the EBRD board of directors agreed on 22 March to postpone consideration of the Mochovce project.

ODA Funding

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much Overseas Development Administration funding has been applied through the Swiss firm SGS Silviconsult.      [16197]

Mr. Goodlad: Contracts to the value of £666,789 have been awarded to SGS Silviconsult Ltd of Mill Street, Oxford, a UK-registered company owned by the SGS Group.

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will itemise the manner in which Overseas Development Administration funding applied through SGS Silviconsult has been spent; and if he will make a statement.      [16198]

Mr. Goodlad: To date, the ODA has paid a total of £252,646 to SGS Silviconsult Ltd. on the following contracts:

Forestry Revenue Collection Study--Tanzania--March June 1991-- £43, 689 .

Cpatu Rainforest Silviculture Research Project--Brazil--October 1993 to date (5 year contract)-- £190,945 .

Forestry Economics--Nigeria--March April 1994-- £18,012 .

The total value of these contracts is £666,789 .

EDUCATION

Deregulation

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will ensure that her ministerial management information system for establishing objectives for her Department, includes deregulation objectives (a) for her and (b) for each of the Ministers within her Department.      [15565]

Mr. Forth: As designated departmental Minister with responsibility for deregulation, I am keen to keep the burden of regulation down. Indeed, an efficiency scrutiny is currently under way to review and make recommendations on the scope of minimising the administrative burden on schools.

Insecticide Sprays

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have been sprayed with lindane, gamma HCH or gamma BHC in the last year; and if she will make a statement.      [15491]

Mr. Forth: The information requested is not held centrally.


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