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Honduras

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department have made to the Government of Honduras about the murder of Edy Ortega and Francisco Espinoza. [114842]

Mr. Battle [holding answer 16 March 2000]: Sadly these two cases are just an example of the abuses suffered by street children in Honduras. The majority of cases happen when a child is detained for a petty crime and tries to flee detention. Our Embassy in Tegucigalpa makes regular representations to the Honduran authorities on these and other issues on human rights abuses.

We are also in touch with several Human Rights NGOs working in Honduras and through these we lobby for progress on several cases including Edy Ortega's and Francisco Espinoza's tragic deaths. We continually reiterate our position on the treatment of minors by the authorities.

We remain committed to the continued improvement in the overall lot of children throughout Central America, and in particular in their treatment. We are supporting projects throughout the region bilaterally and through the EU and other multilaterals in areas such as constructing community centres and hostels, health, rural development, and training and education which involve the police.

Trade Attaches

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the (a) job description and (b) person specification for trade attaches appointed to British embassies. [115363]

Mr. Battle: Each commercial job overseas requires a combination of skills and attributes relevant to the specific post. Since these jobs can differ in certain respects, reflecting the particular requirements of a market, there is no standard job description covering all such posts. As a general guide, duties for a substantive First Secretary

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Commercial post involve management of our commercial operation and staff; provision and analysis of local market research; local contact building; advising British business visitors; coordinating arrangements for trade missions and other visitors (including ministerial and VIP visits); responsibility for specific market sectors; research and provision of commercial input into economic reporting; and implementation of initiatives agreed with British Trade International headquarters.

A typical job specification would highlight the need for the person taking up the post to have effective interpersonal, management and communication skills with knowledge of the business world. A comprehensive training and briefing programme is provided prior to any posting.

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the trade attaches recruited from the private sector and currently serving in British embassies, with their date of appointment and special areas of expertise in each case. [115364]

Mr. Battle: I refer the hon. Member to my answer to the question raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, South (Mr. Simpson), on 15 March 2000, Official Report, column 223W.

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used for the appointment of specialist trade attaches to British embassies; and if he will make a statement. [115365]

Mr. Battle: Decisions on all commercial appointments are made by FCO Selection Boards. Candidates are considered on the basis of their suitability in terms of the competences, skills and experience required for each post.

Bosnia

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many suspected war criminals have been apprehended by British forces in Bosnia. [113722]

Mr. Vaz: British SFOR troops have successfully detained nine war crimes suspects indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. They have also been involved in the arrest of a further two suspects with other SFOR forces. A further indictee was shot dead by British SFOR personnel acting in self-defence during a detention operation.

Millennium Civil Society Forum

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have pledged money towards the Millennium Civil Society Forum to be held in May; and if he will make a statement. [114243]

Mr. Hain: The Millennium Forum has yet to announce details of any financial pledges they have received. In response to a request from the Forum's organisers, the Government have in principle offered funding to help the Forum secure participation by civil society representatives from less developed countries.

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Iran

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the continued use of Sharia law punishments in Iran; and if he will make a statement. [115498]

Mr. Hain: Hudud punishments in Iran, though in recent years used less frequently, are allowed under Sharia law. Sharia law forms the basis of the Iranian legal system, as well as the legal systems of some other countries in the region.

With our EU partners the UK tabled the United Nations General Assembly resolution on human rights in Iran adopted on 17 December 1999. This resolution calls on Iran to take the necessary steps to end the use of torture, the practice of amputation, stoning and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

BNFL

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the reportable accidents and incidents that occurred at (a) BNFL Chapelcross, (b) BNFL Calderhall, (c) BNFL Springfields and (d) BNFL Capenhurst since 1992-93; and if he will breakdown the figures by (i) fatalities, (ii) major injuries, (iii) other injuries, (iv) dangerous occurrences and (v) disease. [113309]

Mrs. Liddell: The tables contain information on accidents and incidents reported to HSE since 1992-93 at specified BNFL premises. Brief details of events occurring at licensed nuclear sites relating to nuclear safety are published in the site Quarterly Reports, which are placed in the Libraries of both Houses.


Table 1A: Chapelcross

FatalMajor injuriesOther injuriesDangerous occurrenceDiseases
1992-9300510
1993-9401000
1994-9500300
1995-9600330
199600131
199700220
199801110
199901220
200000010

Table 1B: Calderhall

FatalMajor injuriesOther injuriesDangerous occurrenceDiseases
1992-9300730
1993-9400400
1994-9501900
1995-9601630
1996-9700200

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Table 1B: Calderhall

FatalMajor injuriesOther injuriesDangerous occurrenceDiseases
199601200
199700001
199800000
199900010
200000000

Table 1C: Capenhurst

FatalMajor injuriesOther injuriesDangerous occurrenceDiseases
1992-9300411
1993-94001200
1994-9501501
1995-9600410
1996-9700000
199600000
199700110
199801200
199902100
200000000

Table 1D: Springfields

FatalMajor injuriesOther injuriesDangerous occurrenceDiseases
1992-93083930
1993-94014010
1994-95052522
1995-96021000
1996-9700710
1996011411
199707520
199803780
199902630
200000201

Note:

The Health and Safety Executive transferred responsibility for enforcement of the general provisions of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 at licensed nuclear installations from its Field Operations Directorate to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate in August 1996. The figures up to August 1996 are recorded by financial year and those after are recorded by calendar year.



Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received from the EU Environment Commissioner in respect of the application of the provisions of Article 34 of the Euratom Treaty to Sellafield. [114088]

Mrs. Liddell: None.

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Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library copies of communications between his Department's Director General for Energy and the atomic energy counsellor in the British Embassy in Tokyo made since 1 August 1999. [114082]

Mrs. Liddell: Communications between the British Embassy in Tokyo and energy policy officials in my Department constitute information whose disclosure would harm the frankness of internal discussion, and as such are exempt under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the cost of his Department's Director General for Energy's visit to Japan on 7-10 February; and under which budget sub-head costs were met. [114085]

Mrs. Liddell: The cost of the Director General for Energy and other Department of Trade and Industry officials' visit to Japan on 7-10 February was in the region of £23,000.

I understand that these costs are to be met by my Department's Running Cost budget sub-head.

Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Nolan Rules on public appointments apply to non-executive directors of British Nuclear Fuels; and if he will make a statement. [115067]

Mrs. Liddell: I can confirm that all appointments, and re-appointments, of non-executive directors to the Board of BNFL are subject to the Code and Guidance of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.


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