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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate total annual staff costs for his Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not have a national or regional distribution of staff. Almost all Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff within the UK are located in our offices in London or Hanslope Park. A very small number may at any time be on secondment to other Government Departments, Government agencies or private institutions around the UK.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the total annual value of London weightings and London living allowances for his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not pay any separate London weighting or London living allowance.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what was, for each year since 1995, the total number of (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the public and (c) parliamentary questions from (i) hon. Members and (ii) Lords dealt with by his Department; what percentage took (A) more than one month and (B) more than three months to provide a substantive answer; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Straw: The effective handling of correspondence and PQs is a issue to which I, and ministerial colleagues, attach great importance.
General information on the volumes of correspondence received across Whitehall and on overall performance is published by the Cabinet Office. Figures for 2000 were published on 6 April 2001, Official Report, columns 32428W and on 19 July 2001, Official Report, columns 45456W.
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On Parliamentary Questions, I refer to the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the then Foreign Secretary my right hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook) on 29 March 2001, Official Report, column 743W.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) EU member states and (b) the accession countries about reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; and if he will make a statement. 
Peter Hain: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is in regular dialogue with her counterparts in the European Union and candidate countries on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. I frequently raise the importance of reform of the Common Agricultural Policy with European Union and other Governments, as do other members of the Government including the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
Our goals are reduction of the costs of the Common Agricultural Policy and better delivery of policy outcomes. We want to reduce the overall burden of the Common Agricultural Policy, align European Union and world prices more closely, and target support measures on the rural economy and the environment. These are also important for our ambitions for a new World Trade Organisation round for enlargement of the European Union.
There has been progress. In the 1980s spending on the Common Agricultural Policy was over 60 per cent. of European Community budget. In 2001 it will be around 45 per cent.
As a result of the Agenda 2000 package agreed by Heads of State at the 1999 Berlin European Council, spending on the Common Agricultural Policy will decline in real terms for 2002. Mid-term reviews of the Common Agricultural Policy are scheduled for 200203. The Government's objective is to secure changes that benefit consumers, taxpayers, the rural economy, the farming community and the environment. There is increasing recognition within the European Union of the need for reform.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the application for an export licence for the supply of one Bedford refuelling tanker to Blue Bird Aviation Ltd. (Sudan). 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Government recently approved an application for a licence to export one Bedford refuelling tanker for Blue Bird Aviation Ltd. (Sudan). Although the tanker is on the Military List, it will be used to refuel light civilian aircraft at Khartoum airport, including those operated by UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the ICRC, all of which are working to alleviate the suffering in Sudan. This decision does not affect the Government's continued support for the EU common position on arms exports to Sudan.
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David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the publication of the European Commission's White Paper on European Governance. 
Peter Hain: I welcome the publication of the White Paper. It is an important initiative in the effort to make the EU's institutions more efficient, effective, transparent and accountable. I particularly welcome the emphasis of the White Paper on practical ideas which can be implemented without the need for Treaty change. A copy of the White Paper has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date his Department received a letter from Lord Ashcroft and Carlisle Holdings regarding alleged remarks made by the Secretary of State for International Development at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle in 1999; on what date his Department responded to the letter; if he will place in the Library copies of this correspondence; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. member to the answer I gave him on 20 July 2001, Official Report, column 484W.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he expects a draft constitution for the European Union produced by one of the Union's institutions to be brought to the attention of Her Majesty's Government before the next IGC. 
Peter Hain: The Prime Minister said in his speech in Warsaw last year that
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs will be of each project. 
Mr. MacShane: I list the projects, some contractually committed, and others planned to start (budget permitting), during financial years 200102 and 200203.
I must caution however, that it is almost certain that due to changing priorities and budget availability, the timing of some of the planned projects may slip and that some may even have to be postponed indefinitely.
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A baseline capital budget of £32 million is available in each of these two financial years to fund the listed projects. In addition to this figure, and in accordance with an asset recycling agreement with the Treasury, the funding of many of the listed projects is dependent on the capital realised through the sale of existing properties.
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The list includes only projects valued at over £1 million. To include the smaller projects at our posts overseas would involve disproportionate cost. Budgeted expenditure has been included on the list only for those projects that are contractually committed. We have not provided budgeted expenditure for the remaining projects, as its disclosure could prejudice the outcome of competitive tendering.
|Post||Project||Background||Current total estimated cost £K|
|Accra||Build new visa office||Visa demand increase||3,330|
|Beirut||Fit out new leased office||Present office unsatisfactory; relocation required||1,780|
|Buenos Aires||Residenceservices renewal and consequential repairs||Need||3,140|
|Dar es Salaam||New offices||Present office unsatisfactorysecurity||7,200|
|Lima||New offices ingoing works||Present office unsafe in earthquake zone||1,400|
|Los Angeles||Fit out new office||Moving to smaller, more efficient offices||1,080|
|Moscow||Residence conversion of two wings to provide staff accommodation||Spend to save||2,390|
|Sofia||Fit out leased office||Former office unsatisfactory. ExpansionEU/NATO applicant||1,860|
|Tirana||Extension of office||Expansion of mission||1,890|
|Washington||Office replacement windows||Existing windows now 40+ years old and worn out||2,820|
|Yerevan||New offices||Existing leased offices inadequate for permanent occupation||2,940|
|Baku||New leased office and residence ingoing work||Expansion of the post||FY 200102|
|Bucharest||New residence ingoing works||Replacement of unsatisfactory leased residence||FY 200102|
|Cairo||New visa office||Replacement of structurally unsound and unsuitable building||FY 200102|
|Caracas||Fitting out new office suite||Existing building no longer suitable||FY 200202|
|Doha||New compoundmove to diplomatic enclave||Replacement of three existing unsatisfactory offices and residence||FY 200203|
|Dubai||Build six staff houses in compound||Spend to save||FY 200102|
|Dublin||Conversion and fitting out new residence||Enabled sale of existing residence and valuable grounds||FY 200102|
|Dublin||Build senior staff houses||Spend to save||FY 200203|
|Islamabad||New visa office||Needed to handle large increase in visa demand||FY 200203|
|Istanbul||Pera House major repairs||Fire damage||FY 200102|
|Kampala||Build new office||Replacement of insecure 1960s building||FY 200203|
|Kiev||Reconfigure office||To accommodate expansion||FY 200203|
|Lagos||Junior staff housing||Spend to save||FY 200203|
|Madras||Provide new offices in compound||Visa demand increasing and replacement of unsound building||FY 200203|
|Nairobi||Build new visa office including site purchase||Visa demand increase||FY 200203|
|Rabat||Purchase site and build new office||Replacement of undersized 1970s leased building||FY 200203|
|St. Petersburg||Convert top floor of office to residence||Utilising surplus office space to enable all other staff to be housed in existing residential block||FY 200203|
|Tbilisi||Fit out new office||To replace unsatisfactory office in an hotel building||FY 200203|
|Tunis||Residence refurbishment||Essential renewal of building services||FY 200203|
|Vilnius||Residence ingoings||ExpansionEU/NATO applicant. New residence releases space for office expansion||FY 200102|
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