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Zimbabwe

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe in respect of violations of its Declaration of Rights agreed at Lancaster House on any property or interest of property. [26956]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: The Government of Zimbabwe have not, so far as we are aware, violated any of the Declaration of Rights agreed at Lancaster House.

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the Department for International Development concerning aid provision to Zimbabwe during the United Kindgom's presidency of the EU. [26960]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: The Department for International Development and this Department consult regularly about policy towards Zimbabwe, including the provision of aid, and will continue to do so during our Presidency.

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise the proposed seizure of land by the Government of Zimbabwe with his fellow EU foreign ministers during the United Kingdom's presidency. [26961]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: We regularly consult our EU partners about African issues, including Zimbabwe's land acquisition programme, and will continue to do so during our Presidency.

Indonesia

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has

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received concerning Her Majesty's Government's proposals to provide training assistance to the Indonesian police force. [26955]

Mr. Fatchett: We have received representations from Members of Parliament, NGOs and members of the public expressing a number of views on the question of training assistance for the Indonesian police force and the best ways of contributing to the human rights situation in Indonesia.

South Africa

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are his priorities for the EU-South Africa trade talks during the United Kingdom presidency; and if he will make a statement. [26974]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: Early progress in negotiating a Trade and Cooperation Agreement, together with parallel agreements on fisheries and wines and spirits, between the EU and South Africa is a priority for our Presidency. We shall press for an outcome on terms that are liberal, WTO-compatible, and of benefit to both parties. We are in close contact with the Commission, the South Africans, and other EU member states to that end.

Algeria

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will visit Algeria. [26976]

Mr. Fatchett: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no current plans to visit Algeria.

European Convention on Human Rights

Sir Nicholas Lyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions on which Her Majesty's Government have been obliged to bring forward (a) primary legislation and (b) secondary legislation, in order to comply with the United Kingdom's treaty obligations to keep its domestic law in conformity with the European Convention on Human Rights. [27078]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: Primary legislation has been brought forward in order to implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the following cases:











Secondary legislation has been brought forward in order to implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the following cases:



    Dudgeon (1981)


    Silver and Others (1983)


    Abdulaziz, Cabales and Balkandali (1985)

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    McCallum (1990)


    Campbell (1992)


    McMichael (1995)


    Benham (1996)

In relation to the cases of Fox, Campbell and Hartley (1990), Findlay (1997) and Coyne (1977), changes in primary legislation had already been made which in the Government's view ensured that United Kingdom law was compatible with the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

Primary and secondary legislation may have also been enacted in order to implement decisions of the Committee of Ministers in cases where reports of the European Commission of Human Rights have been transmitted to them under Article 32 of the Convention, but this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Egyptian Dissidents

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been Her Majesty's Government's response to the Egyptian Government over their complaints about the presence of dissidents in London. [26978]

Mr. Fatchett: We have reiterated to the Egyptian Government our commitment to support them in their fight against terrorism. We continue to work closely with

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Egypt to this end. Any new information about alleged suspicious activities in the United Kingdom is thoroughly investigated. Where this yields evidence that individuals--or organisations--are engaged in terrorism, action is taken in conformity with our law. We discussed these points, and the relevant laws, with Dr. Al Baz, President Mubarak's adviser, when he visited London in December.

Overseas Travel

Mrs. McGuire: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent for (a) official foreign travel and (b) incidentals on the (i) spouses and (ii) partners of the previous two Secretaries of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in each year of their tenure. [26316]

Mr. Robin Cook: [pursuant to his reply, 29 January 1998, c. 389-90]: Owing to an administrative error, the figures given in the first answer to my hon. Friend were incorrect.

Mrs. Rifkind did not attend the EU Informal Foreign Minister's Meeting in Tralee 6-8 September 1996 due to ill health.

The cost of Mrs. Rifkind's visit to Switzerland (Davos) for the World Economic Forum, 31 January - 2 February 1997 was £846.64 and not £4,405.00 as previously stated.

A revised table is printed below.

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Dates Minister Venue Purpose of visitSpouse cost including travel and incidentals (£)
1994
7-10 JulyThe then Foreign Secretary Lord HurdItaly (Naples)G7 Economic Summit307.84
11-20 SeptemberLord HurdThailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and JapanBilateral10,495.66
26-29 SeptemberLord HurdUSA (New York)UNGA3,977.66
29 September-3 OctoberLord HurdCanadaBilateral209.64
Total14,990.80
1995
18-19 MarchLord HurdFrance (Carcassonne)EU/FM Informal meeting966.44
19-28 MarchLord HurdSouth AfricaState Visit2,385.28
7-8 MayLord HurdNorway (Oslo)Accompanying TRH Duke and Duchess of Kent98.16
25-26 JuneLord HurdGermany (Bonn)Anglo-German Summit565.00
8-10 SeptemberThe then Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm RifkindSpain (Santander)EU Ministers Informal Weekend2,310.00
Total6,324.88
1996
3-12 JanuarySir Malcolm RifkindAzerbaijan, Armenia Uzbekistan, Hong Kong and ChinaBilateral7,366.70
6-12 JanuarySir Malcolm RifkindHong Kong and ChinaBilateral4,956.00
8-10 MarchSir Malcolm RifkindMalta and ItalyBilaterals and EU Foreign Minister's Informal Meeting1,557.50
25-29 MarchSir Malcolm RifkindPoland and Czech RepublicState Visit835.00
8-17 AprilSir Malcolm RifkindBarbados, Jamaica, Mexico, Brazil and BoliviaBilateral12,757.89
23-27 SeptemberSir Malcolm RifkindUSA (New York)United Nations General Assembly4,454.02
27 October-1 NovemberSir Malcolm RifkindThailand (Bangkok)State Visit150.00 Estimate
31 October-6 NovemberSir Malcolm RifkindVietnam, Israel UAE and YemenBilateral7,500.00 Estimate
Total39,577.11
1997
31 January-2 FebruarySir Malcolm RifkindSwitzerland (Davos)World Economic Forum846.64
15-16 MarchSir Malcolm RifkindNetherlands (Apledoorn)EU Informal Foreign Ministers Meeting848.48
Total1,695.12

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