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Telephone Steering Systems

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many agencies of his Department use touch tone telephone steering systems when dealing with telephone inquiries from the general public. [129630]

Mr. Mandelson: None.

Saville Inquiry

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the total cost was up to 30 June of the Saville inquiry into the events in Londonderry on 30 January 1972; [129131]

Mr. Ingram: The figures are not yet available in the form requested. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as they are ready.

Opus Dei

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons he has proposed that members of Opus Dei should declare their membership on wishing to be recruited into the proposed Police Service of Northern Ireland; and whether existing members of the RUC who are members of Opus Dei will be called upon to reveal their membership. [130501]

Mr. Ingram: The organisations listed in the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill are those about which there is public concern about police membership--including Opus Dei.

Serving members of the RUC who are members of Opus Dei will be required to register their membership when the provision in the Bill is brought into force.

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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 4 February, Official Report, column 778W, on barristers, if he will (a) make a statement on correspondence with the Lord Chancellor and (b) place copies in the Library. [124105]

Mr. Ingram: During the relevant period there were two items of correspondence. The first was a letter of 25 May 1998 in which the Lord Chancellor set out proposals for having the responsibility for the appointments of Queen's Counsel in his office. The second was a response of 30 May from the then Secretary of State in which she agreed to the Lord Chancellor's proposals. However, both letters contained personal opinions on particular policy issues and copies have not been placed in the Library, in accordance with Part II, Section 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.


Sierra Leone

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN Secretary-General regarding the recent UN Assessment Team's visit to Sierra Leone. [127653]

Mr. Hain: We understand that the Assessment Team visited Sierra Leone between 2-8 June. We continue to support all efforts by the UN Secretary-General to improve UNAMSIL's efficiency and are currently engaged in seeking agreement on how to proceed with fellow members of the Security Council and UN officials.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UNAMSIL's authorised maximum strength is; how many UN troops (a) are and (b) were deployed prior to 8 May to Sierra Leone. [127654]

Mr. Hain: UNSCR 1299 of 11 May 2000 increased UNAMSIL's authorised strength to 13,100. The present strength is very slightly below this but we expect it to be reached shortly. Prior to 8 May UNAMSIL's ceiling was 11,360.

Drugs Trade

Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the work of his Department to counter the drugs trade. [130025]

Mr. Battle: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office lead in co-ordinating and prioritising the UK's international activities to reduce the availability of illicit drugs in the UK in close co-operation with the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator, Keith Hellawell. The UK plays an active role in international forums dealing with the threat posed by illicit drugs, including in the UN, G8 and EU. Last year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent over £6.5 million on international counter-drugs activities.

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Travel Advice

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries on which his Department gives travel advice to the general public. [130525]

Mr. Hain: At present we issue notices for 163 countries. A list of these countries showing the date on which the notice came into effect is shown in the table. The full notices can be seen on the FCO website at:

CountryDate of issue during 2000
Afghanistan4 July
Albania12 June
Algeria5 May
Angola31 May
Anguilla29 June
Argentina3 July
Armenia19 May
Australia9 June
Austria19 June
Azerbaijan25 May
Bahamas13 June
Bahrain13 June
Bangledesh16 June
Belarus20 April
Belgium28 June
Belize10 May
Benin24 January
Bhutan23 May
Bolivia2 May
Bosnia and Herzegovina28 March
Botswana3 March
Brazil31 May
Brunei13 June
Bulgaria3 March
Burkina Faso28 June
Burma25 May
Burundi17 May
Cambodia15 May
Cameroon7 June
Central African Republic7 June
Chad7 June
Chile28 June
China20 April
Colombia27 June
Comoros5 July
The Republic of the Congo22 March
The Democratic Republic of the Congo30 June
Costa Rica3 April
Cote d'Ivoire6 July
Croatia3 April
Cuba7 July
Czech Republic8 June
Djibouti23 June
Dominica Republic8 June
East Timor9 March
Ecuador10 April
Egypt18 May
El Salvador28 June
Equatorial Guinea8 June
Eritrea23 June
Estonia23 March
Ethiopia23 June
Fiji7 July
France5 July
Gabon7 June
The Gambia6 June
Georgia25 May
Ghana2 June
Greece8 June
Guatemala16 May
Guinea13 June
Guinea Bissau13 June
Guyana13 June
Haiti17 May
Honduras4 April
Hong Kong and Macau31 May
Hungary12 June
Iceland23 June
India19 June
Indonesia12 June
Iran31 March
Iraq22 May
Israel and the Palestinian Authority26 May
Italy8 June
Jamaica12 April
Japan17 April
Jordan30 March
Kazakhastan17 March
Kenya23 June
Kiribati14 February
Democratic People's Republic of Korea9 February
Kuwait25 May
Kyrgyzstan3 July
Laos5 July
Latvia9 June
Lebanon2 June
Lesotho19 June
Liberia26 May
Libya7 June
Lithuania4 April
Macedonia7 July
Madagascar5 July
Malawi8 June
Malaysia24 May
Maldives25 May
Mali13 June
Malta27 June
Mauritius28 April
Mexico29 June
Moldova12 June
Mongolia8 June
Monteserrat19 May
Morocco26 May
Mozambique27 April
Namibia18 April
Nepal15 May
Netherlands9 June
New Zealand5 July
Nicaragua5 June
Niger25 February
Nigeria26 June
Oman12 April
Pakistan16 June
Panama30 June
Papua New Guinea19 June
Peru26 June
Philippines22 June
Poland7 April
Portugal16 June
Qatar29 March
Romania8 June
Russia17 June
Rwanda16 June
Samoa15 March
Saudi Arabia19 June
Senegal13 June
Seychelles29 March
Sierra Leone28 June
Singapore12 June
Republic of Slovakia15 May
Republic of Slovenia12 June
Solomon Islands5 June
Somalia25 May
South Africa23 June
Spain28 June
Sri Lanka16 May
Sudan16 May
Swaziland17 April
Syria19 June
Taiwan13 June
Tajikistan3 July
Tanzania11 April
Tailand5 July
China (Tibet)25 May
Togo9 June
Trinidad and Tobago30 March
Tunisia20 April
Turkey9 June
Turkmenistan3 July
Turks and Caicos Islands26 May
Uganda21 June
Ukraine16 May
United Arab Emirates25 May
United States25 May
Uruguay28 March
Uzbekistan3 July
Venezuela8 June
Vietnam28 June
Western Sahara19 June
Yemen14 April
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia (inc Kosovo) and Montenegro)19 May
Zambia26 April
Zimbabwe7 July

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