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Michael John Smith

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the solicitor acting on behalf of Michael John Smith (PR 3345) in HMP Full Sutton may have access to the full Mitrokhin Archive; and if he will make a statement. [132276]

Mr. Robin Cook [holding answer 24 July 2000]: I am not aware of any such request from Mr. Smith's solicitor. It is, however, open to them to write to the Treasury Solicitor, who would take advice from the relevant authorities.

European Treaties

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2000, Official Report, column 479W, on European Treaties, if he will list the title of each European document designated as a treaty under Article 1(3) of the European Communities Act 1972 since 1 May 1997, together with (a) the title and date of (i) relevant orders in council and (ii) associated report from a Select

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Committee of either House of Parliament (b) the date of each affirmative solution, debate and vote in Committee or in either House and (c) the purpose of the Treaty so ratified. [132584]

Mr. Vaz: This information will take some time to collate. I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Libraries of the House.

Communications Electronic Security Group

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times officials in the Communications Electronic Security Group have held meetings with members and officials of the United States Government since 1 January; what were the dates and locations of each meeting; and which United States Government Departments took part in each meeting. [132743]

Mr. Robin Cook: Officials of the Communications- Electronic Security Group (CESG) are in frequent contact with a wide range of US Government officials; most dealings are with direct counterpart organisations and are conducted electronically.

Since 1 January the Director of CESG has attended the following formal meetings: 28-31 January with the US Government's Information Systems Security Organisation (ISSO) in Maryland; 1 February with the US Government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland; 2-4 May with ISSO in Cheltenham; 17-18 May with ISSO in Maryland and 22-23 May with NIST and ISSO in Maryland.

Bilateral Treaties

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a list of bilateral treaties and agreements which have been agreed with the Government of the United States of America since 1 January 1997, listing the title of each treaty and agreement, the date on which it was signed and the names of the British and US Departments which signed each one. [132744]

Mr. Battle: Details of bilateral treaties and agreements which have been agreed with the Government of the United States of America since January 1997 will be placed in the Library by the end of August, listing the title of each treaty and agreement and the date on which it was signed. To list the names of the British and US Departments which signed each one would incur disproportionate costs.

Sanctions

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries in respect of which the UK Government have a policy of sanctions. [132843]

Mr. Hain: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) on 26 July 2000, Official Report, column 641W.

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Visitor Bonds

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed pilot study for financial bonds for visitors. [133687]

Mr. Vaz: After consultations with the Home Office, I can announce that we are unable to proceed with the scheme for the present.

Developmental work on detailed proposals for the pilot study has identified a number of difficult practical issues. In particular, moves toward a more flexible approach to the operation of the immigration control--including the introduction of new IT systems for issuing visas at posts overseas--have frustrated attempts to design a simple and effective scheme for providing a bond facility for visitors, and for recording their entry to and departure from the UK.

The planned pilot study in Manila and Casablanca will therefore not proceed.

Pakistan

Mr. Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will encourage his colleagues in the international community to join with him in supporting General Musharraf in resisting fundamentalist groups in Pakistan. [133212]

Mr. Hain: We are in regular contact with our friends and allies about all aspects of Pakistan. We are aware of inter-community violence, including sectarian attacks, and regularly raise the position of religious minorities in discussions with Pakistani authorities. We hope that, within the parameters of the law, the authorities in Pakistan success in reducing the level of violence. We believe this view is widely shared by the international community.

Mr. Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has made to develop links between Mullahs and minority groups in order to foster and encourage tolerance in Pakistan. [133208]

Mr. Hain: Our diplomatic missions seek to maintain links with a wide range of religious groups in Pakistan. In our discussions with them, we continue to urge all genuine efforts to foster inter-faith dialogue and tolerance.

Mr. Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the persecution of women during recent months in Pakistan. [133207]

Mr. Hain: We are deeply concerned about the position of women in Pakistan, particularly the practice of "honour killings". We have joined our EU partners in condemning the practice, and, in that context, we welcome General Musharraf's announcement condemning "honour killings" as pre-meditated murder and establishing the Commission on the Status of Women. We have urged the Pakistani authorities to implement the 1995 Beijing Platform and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We continue to monitor the situation closely.

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Mr. Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the fundamentalist element within (a) the army and (b) the Cabinet in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement. [133210]

Mr. Hain: We receive regular reports from our diplomatic missions about all aspects of the political situation in Pakistan, including the policies of General Musharraf's Administration. We will continue to monitor these closely.

Russia

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which departmental budget will cover the payment in respect of the programme of aid to the Russian Plutonium Disposition strategy, announced at the G8 summit in Okinawa; what is the total United Kingdom financial commitment to this programme; over what period the payments will be made; and if he will list those bodies consulted by the Government in advance of the announcement. [133363]

Mr. Hain: The Cross-cutting Review on Nuclear Problems in the Former Soviet Union proposed a new expenditure programme which will subsume all existing UK efforts in this field. This programme will take the form of a ring-fenced fund within the Department of Trade and Industry's Departmental Expenditure Limit. Overall priorities for the programme will be set on the advice of an interdepartmental committee. DTI will have responsibility for ensuring that this money is spent properly, and for day to day management of this new programme.

The review identified the management and disposition of weapons-grade plutonium surplus to military requirements as a key priority for the UK. All interest Government Departments were involved in the review. At Okinawa the Prime Minister announced the provision of £70 million over the next 10 years for plutonium disposition.

Wilton Park Executive Agency

Mr. Ivan Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the Wilton Park Executive Agency performed against the targets agreed for 1999-2000; and what the agreed targets are for the current year. [133857]

Mr. Hain: Wilton Park met all four of the agreed targets set for the 1999-2000 financial year, for income, cost recovery, the number of conference participants, and cost per head to the FCO overall. The 1999-2000 targets were:





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The following targets have been agreed for the financial year 2000-01:






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