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Boundary Commission

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Boundary Commission for Scotland will release its initial report. [10664]

Mrs. Liddell: This is a matter for the Boundary Commission for Scotland.


Standards in Public Life

Mrs. Lawrence: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Committee on Standards in Public Life. [12434]

The Prime Minister: I am pleased to announce that I have appointed my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) as a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life with effect from 15 October. He is the member nominated by the Labour party and takes the place of Lord Shore of Stepney who sadly passed away over the summer.

Special Advisers

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister on what criteria salaries of particular special advisers are decided. [11618]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman) on 20 July 2001, Official Report, column 467W.


Prison Service

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the reasons for the decision of the prison service in Northern Ireland to withdraw the royal prefix from letter headings of H.M. Prison Maghaberry. [9872]

Jane Kennedy: There has been no change in policy in regard to the naming of prison establishments. Establishments can and have been referred to officially both as HMP and by name only.

The inclusion or exclusion of the royal prefix is at the discretion of the governing Governor of each establishment.



Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the export of a water purification unit to Uruguay for ultimate end-use in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [12316]

Mr. Bradshaw: Following consultations with this Department and the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Trade and Industry issued an export licence for a water

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purification unit to Uruguay for the Uruguayan armed forces. The equipment will be used by the Uruguayan army in the DRC where they are part of the United Nations operation. The equipment will provide the Uruguayans with sufficient clean water for their troops operating in the DRC. As part of the United Nations Mission in Congo, these troops, along with other UN agencies and NGOs, will play a role in facilitating humanitarian assistance to the Congolese people. This decision is consistent with and does not affect the Government's continued support for the EU declaration of 7 April 1993 on arms exports to the DRC.

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to (a) the Rwandan Government and (b) the Ugandan Government concerning their involvement in the war in the Congo. [11148]

Mr. Bradshaw: In recent months my noble Friend Baroness Amos and the Secretary of State for International Development have spoken personally to the Presidents of both countries about their involvement in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They stressed the need for a peaceful end to the conflict in compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions. We will continue to do so at every opportunity.

EU Business

Phil Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November and (b) major European Union events for the period 31 December to April 2002. [12433]

Peter Hain: The information is as follows:

5BrusselsCultural and Audio-visual Council
8BrusselsDevelopment and Co-operation Council
12BrusselsEmployment and Social Affairs Council
15BrusselsHealth Council
16BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
19–20BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
21–22BrusselsBudget Council
26BrusselsInternal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council
27BrusselsFisheries Council
29BrusselsEducation and Youth Council
No agendas are available yet

The following are the principal events in the EU between 1 December and April 2002 (certain relevant events are also included: the list is based on the information available at the date of issue).

3BrusselsEmployment and Social Affairs Council
4BrugesCulture Council (Ministerial Informal)
4BrusselsEnergy Council
4BrusselsIndustry Council
7–8BrusselsTransport and Telecommunications Council
7–8BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
10–11BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
10BrusselsResearch Council
12–13BrusselsEnvironment Council
14–15LaekenEuropean Council
17–18BrusselsFisheries Council
18–19BrusselsAgriculture Council
8BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
10BrusselsFisheries Council
11 BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
17BrusselsBudget Council (Evening)
18BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
21–22BrusselsAgriculture Council
21BrusselsEurogroup (Evening)
21BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee (Political Director) Spain
25BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
25–26BrusselsMeeting of Employment Ministers (Ministerial Informal)
28–29BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
30BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
1BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
7BudapestPolitical Directors Seminar
9–10BrusselsGymnich (Ministerial Informal)
11BrusselsEurogroup (Evening)
12BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
14BrusselsEducation and Youth Council
14–15BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council (Ministerial Informal)
18–19BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
18–19BrusselsAgriculture Council
20BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
22–23BrusselsTelecoms and Information Society Council (Ministerial Informal)
26BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
28BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
1BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council (Evening)
1BrusselsInternal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council
1BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
4BrusselsEurogroup (Evening)
5BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
7BrusselsEmployment and Social Affairs Council
8BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
11BrusselsResearch Council
11–12BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
12BrusselsPolitical and Social Affairs Committee
15–16BarcelonaEuropean Council
18–19BrusselsAgriculture Council
19BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
22BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
23–24BrusselsDefence Meeting (Ministerial Informal)
25–26BrusselsTransport and Telecom Council
26BrusselsPolitical and Security Committee
5–6LuxembourgMigrations Council (ASEM Ministerial Informal)
8LuxembourgFisheries Council
9LuxembourgPolitical and Security Committee
12LuxembourgPolitical and Security Committee
13–14LuxembourgECOFIN (Ministerial Informal)
15–16LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
17LuxembourgPolitical and Security Committee (EV)
19LuxembourgPolitical and Security Committee
22–23ValenciaEuromed Conference
22–23LuxembourgAgriculture Council
25–26LuxembourgJustice and Home Affairs Council
26LuxembourgPolitical and Security Committee
27–30LuxembourgAgriculture Council (Ministerial Informal)
30LuxembourgPolitical and Security Committee

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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent killings of Christians in Pakistan. [11788]

Mr. Bradshaw: We condemn the attack on a church in Punjab on 28 October in which 18 people were killed. We welcome General Musharraf's assurances that the perpetrators of this heinous act will be brought to justice.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and with all those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Pakistani Government with regard to human rights abuses against Christians. [11789]

Mr. Bradshaw: We take the issue of religious freedom in Pakistan very seriously. We continue to raise the position of religious minorities in general and a number of individual cases with the Pakistani authorities, both bilaterally and in concert with our EU partners.

We will continue to take every appropriate opportunity to ask the Pakistani authorities to ensure that the rights of all religious minorities in Pakistan, including Christians, are respected under the constitution.

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