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Mr. Bradshaw: As of 17 July the Foreign and Commonwealth Office had received 185 letters from Members of Parliament on behalf of their constituents. We have also received correspondence from the Stillman family, members of the public, non-governmental organisations, Church groups and others.
Mr. Bradshaw: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised the concerns about Mr. Stillman's welfare at a meeting on 26 June with the Indian High Commissioners and Prime Minister Vajpayee's Principal Secretary. The Indian High Commissioner asked for a written note highlighting our concerns and the Foreign Secretary duly wrote to the High Commissioner on 28 June.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on producing documents in the 'Your Britain, Your Europe . . .', series. 
Peter Hain: Ten different FCO leaflets published between November 1999 and June 2001 carry the 'Your Britain, Your Europe' logo: 'Your Britain, Your Europe' (17,000 copies); IGC: Reform for Enlargement (5,000 copies); 'The Future of Europe' (10,000 copies; 'Want to know more about Europe' (11,000 copies); 'What has the EU ever done for us' (8,000 copies); 'Regional Factsheets' (2,200 copies); 'The EU: What's in it for you?' (25,000 copies); 'The Treaty of Nice' (16,200 copies); 'The Stockholm European Council' (3,000 copies); 'The EU: International Crime and Courts' (5,000 copies). The total cost of these was £24,940.51. In addition, five quarterly newsletters were produced with a distribution of 10,000 copies each at a total cost of £18,568.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which of the documents in the 'Your Britain, Your Europe . . .', series has been checked for compliance with COI rules on public information. 
Peter Hain: The FCO is committed by its Public Service Agreement to promote a better understanding of Britain's EU membership. The guidelines on Government information work are laid down by the Cabinet Office and are available at: http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/central/ 1999/workgis/annexa.htm. The FCO seeks to ensure that all its publications are fully consistent with these guidelines.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent the Rural Development Plan referred to in his Department's document, 'Your Britain, Your Europe, Your Wales' is funded by the EU. 
Peter Hain: Since devolution, issues concerning the Rural Development Plan in Wales are now the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales. They provided the information referred to in the 'Your Britain, Your Europe, Your Wales' document.
Peter Hain: The EU/Israel Customs Co-operation Committee on 2324 July will discuss a number of items of interest to the two parties. This discussion will include: questions relating to origin (including the implementation of Protocol 4 of the EU/Israel Association Agreement), extension and continuation of the EU/Israel customs dialogue, and mutual assistance between administrative authorities in customs matters.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to British embassies requiring them to report contact with companies which may be judged to fall within the sector of mercenaries and private military companies; and on what date this guidance was issued. 
Peter Hain: Interim guidance to British embassies requiring them to report contacts with companies that may be judged to fall into the private military or security sector was issued in July 1998. This guidance was revised in April 1999. Disclosure of the report could harm the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of this Department.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations he has had with the United States Administration in relation to the US Export Administration Act since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacShane: Since we came to office, there has been no contact between the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the United States Administration in relation to the US Export Administration Act.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the US Export Administration Act in relation to the operation of UK law. 
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Peter Hain [holding answer 16 July 2001]: The Inter-Governmental Conference did not prepare a consolidated version of the treaty of Rome, and therefore it was not included in the Command Paper (Cm 5090) publishing the treaty of Nice. But we expect the Office for Official Publications of the European Union to publish
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Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each case the original estimated cost and original estimated completion date, the actual cost and actual completion date and the names of the contractors involved and consultants retained by his Department. 
|Contract||Original estimated cost (£ million)||Original estimated completion date||Actual cost (£ million)||Actual Completion||Remarks|
|FTN Foreign Office Telecommunications Network||165||May 2010||||||PFI contract|
|Firecrest (external supply)||45||June 2001||||||Call-off framework agreement contract. Further one year extension just signed|
|Prism (procurement phase)||2.2||October 2001||||||Planning and procurement costs|
|Passports||1.2||May 2001||1.2||May 2001||Capital purchases|
|Dynamics||0.8||October 1999||0.8||August 2000|||
|Consular Database||1.0||June 2006|||||||
|Fortress||1.6||March 1999||1.6||October 1999|||
|FMAS Support||(23)1.3||||||||Software support plus|
|Microsoft Enterprise Licences||5.6||March 2001||5.6||March 2001|||
|NAI Licences||2.0||End 2001|||||||
|Aramis||(23)0.27||End 2003||||||Annual costs predicted to fall as equipment is withdrawn|
|Minerva||(23)0.2||March 2007||||||10 year PFI contract|
(23) Per annum
The information about suppliers cannot be supplied as it may be commercially confidential or have been supplied in confidence. There was insufficient time to seek the consent of the suppliers to its disclosure.
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