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Statistics (Gender Breakdown)

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to collect statistics broken down by gender where relevant. [17684]

Mr. Norris: Statistics concerning staff employed in my Department are normally based on pay and personnel records which include information on gender. Statistical information about personnel can therefore usually be broken down by gender. Similarly, all travel statistics collected by the Department include gender, where relevant.

Catford Loop Line

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger trains run along the Catford loop line in both directions, in any 24-hour period between Monday and Friday, and Saturday and Sunday; and at what times these trains are travelling along the Catford loop line. [18197]

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Mr. Norris: The number of passenger trains scheduled to travel over the Catford loop line is as follows:


In addition, the line may be used by empty passenger trains and also those diverted because of engineering works or operating difficulties. The time of all the scheduled services are to be found in the "Great Britain Passenger Railway Timetable".

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many freight trains run along the Catford loop line in both directions, in any 24-hour period between Monday and Friday, and Saturday and Sunday; and at what times these trains are travelling along the Catford loop line. [18196]

Mr. Norris: The number of freight trains that run along the Catford loop in either direction is as follows:


There may be additional or replacement services to run as a result of the need for track maintenance or for diversions.

Waste (Illegal Discharges)

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many convictions have been secured at the sheriff court for the illegal discharge of oil or waste at sea in each of the past seven years; what were the fines imposed; what was the number and proportion of United Kingdom registered vessels involved in such cases; and if he will make a statement. [17481]

Mr. Norris: I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) on 24 January, Official Report, column 270, and on 31 January, Official Report, columns 807-808.

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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Chechnya

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Russian Government on the present conflict on Chechnya; and what was their response. [17217]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: My right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary last discussed Chechnya with the former Russian Foreign Minister Kozyrev in Moscow on 5 September. At that time the Russian Government were experiencing problems over the implementation of the military agreement negotiated in July 1995 with Chechen rebels but were hoping for a political solution within the Russian constitution.

Since then we have been maintaining a dialogue through diplomatic channels, and supporting, with our EU partners, the efforts of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to promote a negotiated settlement.

War Crimes Tribunal

Mr. Wareing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries from which investigators are drawn by the UN war crimes tribunal on the former Yugoslavia. [16289]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: The employment policy of the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is identical to that operated throughout the UN. Article 101 of the UN charter states that


Mr. Wareing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the Croats indicted for war crimes by the war crimes tribunal have been indicted for crimes committed in (a) Bosnia and (b) the Krajina. [16290]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: The international criminal court for the former Yugoslavia has announced indictments against seven Croats to date. All of these were indicted for crimes allegedly committed in the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mr. Wareing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Bosnian Government in respect of the discovery by the implementation forces of concealed weapons in the Sarajevo area; and if the discovery is being referred to the war crimes tribunal. [16293]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We continue to urge all parties in the former Yugoslavia to meet their obligations under the Dayton peace agreement. The United Kingdom was presented at the Rome summit on 17 to 18 February where the parties reaffirmed their commitment to that agreement and took positive steps towards resolving outstanding

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incidences of non-compliance. My right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed a range of compliance issues with Bosnian President Izetbegovic, the commander of the implementation force, and the High Representative when he visited Sarajevo on 20 February. Concealment of weapons does not constitute a war crime. It does not therefore fall within the mandate of the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Military Trade

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will prohibit British military trade with undemocratic regimes; and if he will make a statement. [18218]

Mr. David Davis: It is our policy to support the sale of British defence equipment overseas where this is compatible with our political, strategic and security interests. We defend ourselves and should not deny others the right to do the same without good reason. We observe strict responsibility in our defence exports. We consider applications for licences to export defence equipment on a case-by-case basis in the light of established criteria including the international guidelines and obligations to which we are committed. These criteria include consideration of the recipient country's human rights record. We do not export defence equipment likely to be used for internal repression.

Statistics (Gender Breakdown)

Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to collect statistics broken down by gender where relevant. [17681]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: Statistics concerning staff employed in this Department are normally based on pay and personnel records which include information on gender. Statistical information about personnel can therefore usually be broken down by gender.

British Aerospace

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had over the last five years concerning the sale by British Aerospace to India of Hawk 100 aircraft; and if he will make a statement. [18199]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: During the last five years there have been a number of occasions when Foreign Office Ministers have commended Hawk to the Indian authorities.

India and Pakistan

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what mechanisms he informs the Home Secretary when he reaches a decision on whether (a) India and (b) Pakistan is a candidate for designation as a country where there is in general no serious risk of persecution; and if he will make a statement. [18132]

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Sir Nicholas Bonsor: My right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary has already informed his right hon. and learned Friend Friend the Home Secretary of his agreement to the proposed list of designated countries, which includes India and Pakistan. No actual designation will be possible until clause 1 of the Asylum and Immigration Bill comes into force, and an order has been made under it.


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