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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 19 July 1995

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Bosnia

Mr. John Townend: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what will be the monthly cost to the Exchequer of aid and military costs in Bosnia after the full deployment of the rapid reaction force.     [34493]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: After the full deployment of the rapid reaction force, the monthly cost to the United Kingdom of our military contributions to UNPROFOR, and our financial contributions to the UNPROFOR budget will be about £26.1 million. Total UK aid for the current financial year is projected to total some £38.5 million.

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his estiamte of the proportion of food and medical supplies used in the recent offensives by Bosnian Muslim Government troops supplied and paid for by the United Nations as humanitarian aid.     [35268]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We have no way of knowing. The food and medical supplies being carried by ODA convoys, which represent a significant proportion of total UN deliveries, are being delivered to their proper destinations. There is no way that the UN can stop legitimate recipients of aid from sharing it with relatives who may also be combatants.

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received as to the use of the safe areas in Bosnia by the Bosnian Government for launching attacks against Bosnian Serbs.     [36227]

Sir Russell Johnston: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what estimate the European Union has been able to make of civilian casualties in Srebrenica, during the taking of the town by the Bosnian Serbs;     [36321]

(2) what information he has about the involvement of the Yugoslav Government in the military activities of the Bosnian Serbs and the Serbs in Krajina; and if he will make a statement.     [36320]

Ms Quin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he now has as to the whereabouts and circumstances of those people detained by the Bosnian Serbs in their capture of Srebrenica.     [36230]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I shall write to the hon. Members shortly.


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Unfair Dismissal Cases

Mr. McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many unfair dismissal cases were brought against his Department during the last 12 months; how many were successful; and what were the total costs including legal fees and compensation.     [34593]

Mr. Hanley [holding answer 14 July 1995]:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Two unfair dismissal cases have been brought against the FCO in the last 12 months, neither of which has so far been resolved. Overseas Development Administration and the Natural Resources Institute

There were no unfair dismissal cases brought against the ODA in the last 12 months. The Natural Resources Institute chief executive will write direct to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Redundancies

Mr. McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many redundancies occurred in his Department over the last 12 months; how many were voluntary; and what was the total sum spent on redundancy payments.     [34595]

Mr. Hanley [holding answer 14 July 1995]:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

In the year 1994 95 there no redundancies.

Overseas Development Administration and the Natural Resources Institute .

In the year 1994 95 there were 49 redundancies, all compulsory, at a total cost of £1,311,335.

Kashmir

Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his Department's policy in respect of issuing guidance to British tourists visiting Kashmir; if the two Britons held captive recently in Kashmir received such guidance; and what measures have been taken to ensure the safe return of the kidnapped Britons.     [35372]

Mr. Hanley: We have advised visitors not to travel to the states of Jammu and Kashmir for a number of years. The kidnapping of two Britons travelling in Kashmir in 1994 has been pointed out in the travel advice notice for India since it occurred. Travel advice notices are widely distributed throughout the travel industry via electronic information and ticketing systems. They are also available on BBC2 Ceefax and can be accessed on Internet. Advice on travelling to India is available on an automated telephone answering service and members of the public may also contact the FCO's travel advice unit direct


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between 09.30 and 16.00 hours Monday to Friday. We do not know whether the two Britons being held in Kashmir received advice not to travel there. We are co-operating closely with the Indian and other Governments concerned to secure the early and safe release of the hostages. We will continue to work, largely behind the scenes, through contacts with all those we think may be able to help resolve this situation.

Mr. Max Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make further inquiries to ascertain the timetable for the introduction by the Government of Azad-Kashmir of an ordinance whereby those held in prison for two years without trial may apply for release; and if he will make a statement.     [36262]

Mr. Hanley: I shall write to the hon. Gentleman shortly.

English Language Training

Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the total value of funding for English language training in eastern Europe which has been dispensed by Her Majesty's Government to the British Council; what proportion of these resources has been used to finance facilities of services directly managed by the British Council; and what proportion has been put out for competitive tender to other private sector commercial firms or suppliers in the years 1991 92, 1992 93, 1993 94 and 1994 95.     [35623]

Mr. Hanley: The council's grant-in-aid from the FCO was enhanced from 1991 92 to support a co-ordinated strategy to promote English teaching and learning in central and eastern Europe. The total operational funding over the period 1991 92 to 1993 94 was £12.2 million. Funding was at a similar level in 1994 95 but detailed figures are not yet available. This initiative supports 43 resource centres, maintains 120 specialist posts in 98 key ministries, reaches 37,000 teachers of English, and supports 400 senior English language professionals.

The council has additionally managed know-how fund projects to a total value of £700,000 over the period and administered English language teaching for the armed forces of 13 countries on behalf of the FCO to a value of £350,000.

Forty per cent. of total expenditure in 1991 92 to 1993 94 consisted of the appointment on contract of freelance ELT specialists.

Activity worth £3.17 million was subcontracted through open tendering. The council estimate that up to 85 per cent. of all grant-in-aid expenditure was devoted to the procurement of British goods and services, particularly books, training and freelance support.

Civil Service

Ms Armstrong: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list for each civil service grade in his Department the number of (a) male and female (i) full-time and (ii) part- time employees.     [35457]


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Mr. Hanley: The numbers of permanent industrial and non-industrial staff in the FCO on 1 April 1995 were:


                                   |Male  |Male  |Female|Female       

                                   |Full  |Part  |Full  |Part         

                                   |time  |Time  |time  |time         

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Open Structure                                                        

HCS1A                              |1     |-     |-     |-            

HCS2                               |1     |-     |-     |-            

HCS3                               |12    |-     |-     |-            

HCS4                               |1     |-     |-     |-            

HCS5                               |55    |-     |11    |2            

HCS6                               |69    |-     |8     |-            

HCS7                               |252   |8     |48    |1            

                                                                      

Occupational Groups                                                   

SEO                                |80    |1     |19    |2            

HEO(D)                             |6     |-     |1     |-            

HEO                                |163   |-     |71    |6            

AT                                 |2     |-     |1     |-            

EO                                 |223   |-     |174   |24           

AO                                 |335   |4     |414   |36           

AA                                 |45    |-     |42    |2            

Senior Economic Assistant          |13    |-     |2     |-            

Economic Assistant                 |5     |-     |-     |-            

Senior Assistant Statistician      |1     |-     |1     |-            

Senior Information Officer         |5     |-     |7     |-            

Information Officer                |19    |-     |18    |-            

Assistant Information Officer      |3     |-     |8     |-            

Senior Librarian                   |2     |-     |3     |-            

Librarian                          |3     |-     |5     |-            

Assistant Librarian                |8     |-     |14    |1            

Museum D                           |-     |-     |2     |-            

Museum E                           |1     |-     |1     |-            

Higher Mapping and Charter Officer |1     |-     |-     |-            

Mapping and Charter Officer        |1     |-     |-     |-            

Senior P and T Officer             |43    |-     |1     |-            

Higher P and T Officer             |44    |-     |1     |-            

P and T Officer                    |17    |-     |-     |-            

Technical Grade 1                  |6     |-     |-     |-            

Higher Graphics Officer            |1     |-     |-     |-            

Graphics Officer                   |1     |-     |-     |-            

Senior Research Officer (S)        |12    |-     |5     |1            

Typing Manager                     |-     |-     |8     |-            

Senior Personal Secretary          |-     |-     |4     |-            

Personal Secretary                 |-     |-     |117   |13           

Typist                             |-     |-     |59    |9            

Senior Scientific Officer          |45    |-     |16    |1            

Higher Scientific Officer          |34    |-     |10    |1            

Scientific Officer                 |19    |-     |10    |1            

Assistant Scientific Officer       |6     |-     |8     |1            

Catering Manager 1                 |1     |-     |-     |-            

Catering Manager 2                 |1     |-     |-     |-            

Catering Manager 3                 |4     |-     |-     |-            

Chef 2                             |3     |-     |-     |-            

Senior Photo Officer               |1     |-     |-     |-            

Higher Photo Officer               |1     |-     |-     |-            

PGSB                               |2     |-     |-     |-            

PGSC                               |5     |-     |-     |-            

PGSD                               |8     |-     |-     |-            

PGSE                               |5     |-     |-     |-            

Stores Officer B                   |1     |-     |-     |-            

Stores Officer C                   |2     |-     |2     |-            

Stores Officer D                   |6     |-     |-     |-            

Support Manager 1                  |2     |-     |-     |-            

Support Manager 2                  |3     |-     |5     |-            

Support Manager 3                  |18    |-     |9     |-            

Support Grade B1                   |101   |-     |54    |2            

Support Grade B2                   |151   |4     |80    |22           

Senior Telecom Tech. Officer       |10    |-     |-     |-            

Higher Telecom Tech. Officer       |22    |-     |1     |-            

Telecom Tech. Officer              |47    |-     |1     |-            

Assistant Telecom Tech. Officer    |72    |-     |5     |-            

Departmental Groups                                                   

Diplomatic Service 1               |10    |-     |-     |-            

Diplomatic Service 2               |26    |-     |1     |-            

Diplomatic Service 3               |102   |-     |4     |-            

Diplomatic Service 4               |259   |-     |12    |-            

Diplomatic Service 5               |390   |1     |54    |3            

Diplomatic Service 6               |216   |-     |34    |-            

Diplomatic Service 7M              |352   |-     |90    |4            

Diplomatic Service 7D              |87    |-     |27    |-            

Diplomatic Service 8               |22    |-     |10    |-            

Diplomatic Service 9               |419   |-     |356   |10           

Diplomatic Service 10              |216   |-     |125   |-            

Executive Assistant                |16    |-     |29    |-            

Legal Adviser                      |1     |-     |-     |-            

Second Legal Adviser               |1     |-     |-     |-            

Deputy Legal Adviser               |2     |-     |-     |-            

Legal Counsellor                   |6     |-     |4     |-            

Senior Assistant Legal Adviser     |4     |-     |4     |-            

Assistant Legal Adviser            |3     |-     |2     |-            

Chief Security Officer             |38    |-     |-     |-            

Security Officer                   |135   |-     |2     |-            

Medical Officer                    |5     |-     |1     |-            

Nurse                              |-     |-     |4     |-            

Senior Lecturer                    |3     |-     |6     |-            

Senior Field Invest. Officer       |1     |-     |-     |-            

Field Invest. Officer              |13    |-     |2     |-            

Translator 1                       |1     |-     |-     |-            

Translator 2                       |1     |-     |2     |3            

Translator 3                       |1     |-     |1     |-            

Queens Messenger                   |26    |-     |-     |-            

Queens Messenger Escort            |2     |-     |-     |-            

Senior Cypher Supervisor           |3     |-     |-     |-            

Cypher Supervisor                  |16    |-     |-     |-            

Cypher Supervisor                  |37    |-     |1     |-            

Telecom and Cypher Officer         |92    |-     |6     |-            

Operator Technician                |1     |-     |-     |-            

Conference Adviser                 |1     |-     |1     |-            

Sensitivity Reviewer               |6     |-     |-     |-            

Research Coun.                     |2     |-     |-     |-            

Senior Prin. Research Coun.        |9     |-     |3     |-            

Prin. Research Officer             |17    |1     |10    |1            

Senior Research Officer            |7     |1     |6     |-            

Research Officer                   |2     |-     |1     |-            

Diplomatic Service 8 Comm.         |10    |-     |-     |-            

Diplomatic Service 9 Comm.         |5     |-     |-     |-            

Diplomatic Service 5 Tech.         |1     |-     |-     |-            

Diplomatic Service 6 Tech.         |10    |-     |-     |-            

Diplomatic Service 7 Tech.         |66    |-     |-     |-            

Diplomatic Service 8 Tech.         |85    |-     |1     |-            

Diplomatic Service 9 Tech.         |31    |-     |-     |-            

Diplomatic Service Secretary 1     |-     |-     |120   |1            

Diplomatic Service Secretary 2     |1     |-     |428   |3            

Industrial                         |-     |-     |1     |-            

                                                                      

Totals                             |4,759 |20    |2,594 |150          

EU Foreign Policy

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will veto the proposed appointment of an EC foreign affairs supremo to promote an EC foreign policy.     [35196]

Mr. David Davis: The Government will oppose any measures that have the effect of undermining the principle of intergovernmentalism in the conduct of the EU's common foreign and security policy--CFSP. Any proposals to appoint a senior figure to promote CFSP would need to be judged in this light. Responsibility for the formulation and execution of EU foreign policy is and must remain a matter for EU member states.


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Equal Opportunities

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department has taken to encourage the promotion of women into senior positions within his Department and its executive agencies.     [35674]

Mr. Hanley: The FCO is committed to equality of opportunity for all its employees. Women make up 35 per cent. of non-industrial civil servants employed by the FCO and the proportion of women is increasing at all management levels. The proportion of women at executive officer level-- first management level--has increased from 30 per cent. in 1985 to cover 44 per cent. in 1995. Numbers of women at DS5--middle management level--have risen by 30 per cent. in the last four years. There are six female heads of mission.

The FCO has an active programme of measures to encourage promotion of women into senior grades.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list (a) the number of (i) male (ii) female employees, (b) the number of officials employed at each of the principal grades and the numbers and percentages of women employed at these grades and (c) the numbers of staff employed at administrative grades and the number and percentages of these staff that are women, in his Department and each of its executive agencies for each year since 1985.     [35663]

Mr. Hanley: The information requested by the hon. Member for 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 is as follows:


      |1992 |1993 |1994 |1995       

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Men   |5,302|5,157|4,851|4,759      

Women |2,988|2,907|2,754|2,595      

                                    

Total |8,290|8,064|7,605|7,354      

The information for 1985 1991 is not available.


1992                                                                                                             

                                 |Total              |Women              |Percentage of women                    

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Open structure                                                                                                   

Grade 1                          |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 2                          |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 3                          |10                 |0                  |0                                      

Grade 4                          |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 5                          |58.5               |11                 |19                                     

Grade 6                          |90                 |9                  |10                                     

Grade 7                          |327.5              |16.5               |5                                      

                                                                                                                 

Total open structure             |489                |36.5               |7                                      

                                                                                                                 

Administrative group                                                                                             

Senior Executive Officer         |97.5               |21.5               |22                                     

Higher Executive Officer (D)     |8                  |3                  |38                                     

Higher Executive Officer         |217                |52                 |24                                     

Administration Trainee           |1                  |1                  |100                                    

Executive Officer                |435                |181.5              |42                                     

Administrative Officer           |753                |463                |61                                     

Administrative Assistant         |150.5              |64                 |43                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total administrative group       |1,662              |786                |47                                     

                                                                                                                 

Diplomatic service                                                                                               

DS1-3                            |149                |5                  |3                                      

DS4                              |280                |8                  |3                                      

DS5                              |456                |51                 |11                                     

DS6                              |280                |30                 |11                                     

DS7M                             |425                |79                 |19                                     

DS7D                             |121                |39                 |32                                     

DS8                              |42                 |13                 |31                                     

DS9                              |789                |379                |48                                     

DS10                             |573                |233                |41                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total Diplomatic service         |3,115              |837                |27                                     

                                                                                                                 

Economist Group                  |14                 |3                  |21                                     

Information Officer Group        |54                 |32                 |59                                     

Librarian Group                  |29                 |20                 |69                                     

P and T Group and related grades |116                |4                  |3                                      

Secretarial Group                |231.5              |230.5              |100                                    

Support grades                   |600.5              |266.5              |44                                     

Other groups and grades          |1,979              |772.5              |39                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total                            |8,290              |2,988              |36                                     

Part time staff counted as half in 1992.


1993                                                                                                             

                                 |Total              |Women              |Percentage of women                    

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Open structure                                                                                                   

Grade 1                          |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 2                          |2                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 3                          |12                 |1                  |8                                      

Grade 4                          |2                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 5                          |80                 |6                  |8                                      

Grade 6                          |92                 |8                  |9                                      

Grade 7                          |309                |24                 |8                                      

                                                                                                                 

Total open structure             |498                |39                 |8                                      

                                                                                                                 

Administrative group                                                                                             

Senior executive officer         |91                 |18                 |20                                     

Higher executive officer (D)     |9                  |3                  |33                                     

Higher executive officer         |242                |75                 |31                                     

Executive officer                |461                |204                |44                                     

Administrative officer           |724                |442                |61                                     

Administrative assistant         |130                |63                 |48                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total administrative group       |1,657              |805                |49                                     

                                                                                                                 

Diplomatic service                                                                                               

DS1-3                            |139                |4                  |3                                      

DS4                              |265                |11                 |4                                      

DS5                              |432                |54                 |12                                     

DS6                              |262                |31                 |12                                     

DS7M                             |428                |94                 |22                                     

DS7D                             |112                |36                 |32                                     

DS8                              |57                 |9                  |16                                     

DS9                              |790                |395                |50                                     

DS10                             |445                |184                |41                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total diplomatic service         |2,930              |818                |28                                     

                                                                                                                 

Economist group                  |15                 |1                  |7                                      

Information officer group        |59                 |37                 |63                                     

Librarian group                  |32                 |26                 |81                                     

P and T group and related grades |132                |3                  |2                                      

Secretarial group                |243                |242                |100                                    

Support grades                   |617                |258                |42                                     

Other groups and grades          |1,881              |678                |36                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total                            |8,064              |2,907              |36                                     


1994                                                                                                             

                                 |Total              |Women              |Percentage of Women                    

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Open Structure                                                                                                   

Grade 1                          |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 2                          |2                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 3                          |11                 |1                  |9                                      

Grade 4                          |5                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 5                          |69                 |10                 |14                                     

Grade 6                          |93                 |9                  |10                                     

Grade 7                          |317                |28                 |9                                      

                                                                                                                 

Total open structure             |498                |48                 |10                                     

                                                                                                                 

Administrative Group                                                                                             

Senior Executive Officer         |94                 |22                 |23                                     

Higher Executive Officer (D)     |7                  |0                  |0                                      

Higher Executive Officer         |229                |51                 |22                                     

Administration Trainee (HEO)     |1                  |1                  |100                                    

Executive Officer                |335                |201                |60                                     

Administrative Officer           |713                |427                |60                                     

Administrative Assistance        |108                |48                 |44                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total administrative group       |1,487              |750                |50                                     

                                                                                                                 

Diplomatic service                                                                                               

DS1-3                            |145                |5                  |3                                      

DS4                              |275                |10                 |4                                      

DS5                              |442                |56                 |13                                     

DS6                              |273                |29                 |11                                     

DS7M                             |418                |98                 |23                                     

DS7D                             |123                |38                 |31                                     

DS8                              |45                 |13                 |29                                     

DS9                              |794                |399                |50                                     

DS10                             |558                |227                |41                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total diplomatic service         |3,073              |875                |28                                     

                                                                                                                 

Economist Group                  |25                 |6                  |24                                     

Information officer group        |62                 |36                 |58                                     

Librarian group                  |34                 |27                 |79                                     

P and T group and related grades |121                |3                  |2                                      

Secretarial Group                |251                |251                |100                                    

Support Grades                   |534                |207                |39                                     

Other groups and grades          |1,520              |551                |36                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total                            |7,605              |2,754              |36                                     


1995                                                                                                             

                                 |Total              |Women              |Percentage of women                    

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Open structure                                                                                                   

Grade 1A                         |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 2                          |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 3                          |12                 |0                  |0                                      

Grade 4                          |1                  |0                  |0                                      

Grade 5                          |68                 |13                 |19                                     

Grade 6                          |91                 |8                  |9                                      

Grade 7                          |301                |43                 |14                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total open structure             |475                |64                 |13                                     

                                                                                                                 

Administrative group                                                                                             

Senior executive officer         |101                |21                 |21                                     

Higher executive officer (D)     |7                  |1                  |14                                     

Higher executive officer         |240                |74                 |31                                     

Administration trainee (HEO)     |3                  |1                  |33                                     

Executive officer                |421                |198                |47                                     

Administrative officer           |786                |450                |57                                     

Administrative assistant         |89                 |44                 |49                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total administrative group       |1,647              |789                |48                                     

Diplomatic service                                                                                               

DS1-3                            |143                |5                  |3                                      

DS4                              |271                |12                 |4                                      

DS5                              |446                |57                 |13                                     

DS6                              |250                |34                 |14                                     

DS7M                             |446                |94                 |21                                     

DS7D                             |114                |27                 |24                                     

DS8                              |32                 |10                 |31                                     

DS9                              |785                |366                |47                                     

DS10                             |341                |125                |37                                     

Executive assistant              |45                 |29                 |64                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total diplomatic service         |2,873              |759                |26                                     

                                                                                                                 

Economist group                  |20                 |2                  |10                                     

Information officer group        |60                 |33                 |55                                     

Librarian group                  |36                 |23                 |64                                     

P and T group and related grades |112                |2                  |2                                      

Secretarial group                |199                |199                |100                                    

Support grades                   |448                |172                |38                                     

Other groups and grades          |1,484              |552                |37                                     

                                                                                                                 

Total                            |7,354              |2,595              |35                                     

Filipinos

Mr. Geoffrey Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Filipino wives of United Kingdom husbands applied from Manila for settlement visas in the United Kingdom in (a) 1992, (b) 1993 and (c) 1994; and how many were refused.     [35659]

Mr. Hanley: The information is not available in the form requested .

Application for settlement visas were received in Manila as follows:


         |Received|Refused          

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1992     |917     |359              

1993     |702     |321              

1994     |807     |257              

These will include applications from wives and other settlement categories.

Mr. Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the number of refusals of applications for permanent settlement made from Manila is in line with refusals from other overseas posts.     [35660]

Mr. Hanley: The settlement refusal rate for Manila in 1994 was 31.8 per cent. The global average was 21.6 per cent. and the average for south east Asia was 18.4 per cent.

Entry Clearance

Mr. Geoffrey Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring of overseas posts takes place by his Department to ensure that particular posts are not refusing abnormally large numbers of applicants for either visitors' visas or permanent settlement visas.     [35658]


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Mr. Hanley: Statistics on both settlement and non-settlement entry clearance applications are monitored closely by the migration and visa department. Refusal rates are included in these statistics, which are published annually in the "Command Paper on Immigration Statistics". Applicants refused entry clearance for settlement or other long-term categories have a right of appeal to the independent appellate authorities. Entry clearance refusals in categories which no longer have a right of appeal following passage of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act, 1993 are reviewed, in all cases, by entry clearance managers in posts. Additionally a scientifically random sample of those refusals is reviewed by Dame Elizabeth Anson, the independent monitor of entry clearance refusals, who will present her next report in November.

World Conference on Women

Mr. Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what will be the membership and leadership of the Government's delegation to the fourth world conference on women in Beijing;     [35760]

(2) if the Government will support paragraph 97 of the draft platform of action at the fourth world conference on women in Beijing;     [35761]

(3) if the Government will support the draft programme of action at the fourth world conference on women in Beijing that there should be equal relationships between women and men in matters of sexual relations and reproduction, with particular reference to (a) full respect for physical and mental integrity, (b) mutual respect and (c) shared responsibility for sexual behaviour.     [35762]

Mr. David Alton: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if his Department will guarantee the safety of those attending the UN conference on women in Beijing; and if he will make a statement;     [36084]

(2) if he will make a statement on the US State Department's policy that they are unable to guarantee the safety of US citizens attending the UN conference on women in Beijing;     [36085]

(3) what assessment he has made of the threats by Sweden and Norway to boycott the UN International Women's Conference in Beijing.     [36106]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I shall write to the hon. Gentlemen shortly.

Sri Lanka

Mr. Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps Her Majesty's Government will take to support and assist the resumption of the peace process in Sri Lanka;     [35966]

(2) if it is his policy to support a permanent ceasefire between the Sri Lanka Government and the Tamil Tigers;     [35959]


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(3) how much military assistance and training have been given to the Sri Lankan Government in the last year;     [35964]

(4) if he will make a statement on the breakdown of the ceasefire in Sri Lanka;     [35957]

(5) if he will make a statement on British Sri-Lankan relations;     [35967]

(6) what steps her Majesty's Government are taking to press for a peaceful solution to the war in Sri Lanka;     [35963]

(7) when the British ambassador to Sri Lanka or other British diplomats last visited Jaffna;     [35958]

(8) what representations have been made to the Government of Sri Lanka about human rights abuse in Sri Lanka in the last year.     [35965]

Mr. Hanley: I shall write to the hon. Gentleman shortly.

China (Human Rights)

Mr. Alton: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what advice he will give to British citizens planning to attend the UN conference on women in Beijing with regard to their personal safety if they are known to have been critical of China's human rights record;     [36086]

(2) what advice his Department has issued in the last 10 years to British citizens, who are known to have been critical of China's human rights record, or human rights activists, when travelling to China.     [36087]

Mr. Hanley: I shall write to the hon. Gentleman shortly.

Mrs. Resham Bi

Mr. Max Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a decision is to be taken by the post in Islamabad on the application to enter the United Kingdom by Mrs. Resham Bi (Ref.IMM/C2414); and if he will make a statement.     [36266]

Mr. Hanley: I shall write to the hon. Gentleman shortly.

Mr. Ghazanfer Ali

Mr. Max Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request the post in Islamabad to arrange to visit Mr. Ghazanfer Ali, a prisoner in Mirpur district prison, who has been admitted to a local hospital.     [36265]

Mr. Hanley: I shall write to the hon. Gentleman shortly.

Iraq (UNSCOM Report)

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British companies have been referred to in the UNSCOM report.     [36328]

Mr. David Davis: I shall write to the hon. Lady shortly.


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Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many prosecutions of British companies are pending subsequent to the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq--UNSCOM--report      [36329]

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: I have been asked to reply.

I regret that it has not been possible to provide a substantive answer before the summer recess. I shall write to the hon. Member shortly and place a copy in the Library.

Wrong Doing

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 17 July, what is his definition of wrong doing.     [36375]

Mr. David Davis: I shall write to the hon. Lady shortly.

Foreign Affairs Council

Mr. Sykes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council.     [36380]

Mr. David Davis: The Council opened with a general debate on the presidency's programme for their term of office. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State made a statement, the text of which is available in the Library of the House.

The A points listed in document 8853/95, which will be deposited in the Library of the House as soon as it is available, were adopted unanimously.

The Council took note of the European Parliament resolutions in documents 8507/95 (PE-RE 49) and 8160/95 (PE-RE 45). Copies of these documents will be deposited in the Library of the House as soon as they are received.

Members of the Council acting as an inter-governmental conference reappointed six judges and replaced one judge on the court of first instance.

The EU/Tunisia Euro-Mediterranean Association agreement and the EC/Vietnam co-operation agreement were signed in the margins of the Council.

The proposed EU/Croatia trade and co-operation agreement was referred to COREPER for further work.

On Bosnia, future aid requirements were discussed, and Council conclusions agreed.

The EC/Russia interim agreement was signed in the margins of the Council.

Second meetings of association councils with Hungary and Poland took place. Discussions in both focused on the pre-accession process.

Agreement was reached on terms for concluding the negotiations with Israel for a new agreement with the EU.

The Commission gave a brief progress report on the negotiations for new agreements with Morocco and Egypt.

The Council confirmed the appointment of Mr. Carl Lidbom, a former Swedish Minister, as head of the EU electoral unit for the Palestinian elections.

The Commission presented a communication on the future of EU/Cuba relations, which was remitted to COREPER for further work.

The presidency reported on an informal trilogue that had taken place on 12 July between themselves, the Commission, and the European Parliament.


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