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Missile Defence

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with other Government Departments on (a) the missile threat to Europe and (b) the US Government preparations to pursue national missile defence. [134075]

Mr. Vaz: The relevant Government Departments work very closely together on both these issues.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts regarding the missile threat to Europe. [134078]

Mr. Vaz: The Government are in regular dialogue with its European partners on this and related issues. NATO is the main forum for such discussions.

Common Security and Defence Policy

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from the US Administration on further development of the European Union's common security and defence policy. [134076]

Mr. Vaz: President Clinton welcomed the outcome of the Feira European Council regarding the European Security and Defence Policy in a statement on 20 June 2000. Defence Secretary Cohen also took part in a discussion on this subject at the meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Birmingham on 10 October 2000.

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Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from Turkey and Norway regarding the European Union's common security and defence policy. [134077]

Mr. Vaz: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met the Foreign Minister of the Turkish Republic on 12 September 2000 and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister met the Prime Minister of Norway on 13 October 2000. The European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy was discussed on both occasions.

Common Foreign and Security Policy

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he and his European counterparts have made in creating consultative bodies for the common foreign and security policy that are acceptable to the Turkish Government. [134079]

Mr. Vaz: Turkey is kept appraised of recent developments in the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy. For example the Foreign and Commonwealth Office briefs the applicants for EU membership, including Turkey, after every General Affairs Council and European Council. Furthermore, Turkey has played a full role in interim arrangements established at the Feira European Council, to ensure the necessary dialogue, consultation and co-operation on EU-led crisis management with non-EU European NATO members and applicants for EU membership.

Zimbabwe

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on facilitating the sale of arms to Zimbabwe. [134090]

Mr. Hain: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary announced a national arms embargo on Zimbabwe to the House on 12 May 2000, Official Report, columns 493-94W. This remains in force.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Government Amendments

Mr. Rowe: To ask the President of the Council how many Government amendments were accepted in the House of Lords to Government bills in the present session. [134098]

Mrs. Beckett: 3,892 (as at close of business on Tuesday 24 October).