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Mr. Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consulting assistance the UK is providing to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Government in implementing democratic processes. 
Mr. MacShane: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently funds 18 UK secondees to the OSCE Mission in Macedonia, one of whose main functions is to assist the Government of Macedonia with the implementation of the Framework Agreement signed in August 2001. Since February 2001 a separate two-year project under the auspices of the Department for International Development
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has been helping the Macedonian Government with a comprehensive programme of public administration reform. The scope of this project was extended in October 2001 to take into account the requirements of the Framework Agreement.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of applications for visas to the UK Embassy in Prague, have been rejected in each year since 1 January 2000. 
20014 per cent. 1
1 Still awaiting December statistics.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many persons have applied to the UK Embassy in Prague, for visas to (a) visit and (b) work in the UK in each year since 1 January 2000. 
(14) The figures for 2001 are for the period January to March 2001. We only collect statistics from Prague on an annual basis. Future statistics will be collected on a financial year basis and are due to be collected during April 2002.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many persons have applied to the UK embassy in Turkey for visas to (a) visit and (b) work in the UK in each year since 1 January 2000. 
(15) The figures for 2001 are for the period January to March 2001. We collect these statistics only on an annual basis. Future statistics will be on a financial year basis and are due to be collected during April 2002.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of applications for visas to the UK Embassy in Turkey have been refused in each year since 1 January 2000. 
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for entry visas for ministers of religion are being processed by the high commission in Nairobi; and what the status of these applications is. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Our objective is to secure full compliance by Iraq with its obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions, so allowing its reintegration into the international community. While the Iraq regime continues to refuse to co-operate with the UN, our policy is and must remain based on the imperative of containing the very real threat posed by the Iraqi regime to its own people and to its neighbours.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2002, Official Report, columns 88485W, on ministerial visits, what the size of his entourage was on each of the visits; if transport was provided by (a) the RAF and (b) a commercial carrier; and where applicable, what the chartering costs were. 
|Dates||Countries visited||Size of entourage (officials plus security)||Means of travel|
|12 September||Belgium (Special GAC)||8||RAF HS12|
|18 September||Belgium||6||RAF HS12|
|21 September||Belgium (Extraordinary European Council)||(16)3||RAF BAe1|
|2427 September||Jordan, Iran, Israel, Egypt||15||RAF BAe1|
|8 October||Luxembourg (GAC)||10||RAF HS12|
|17 October||Luxembourg (GAC)||8||RAF BAe1|
|1718 October||Turkey||9||RAF BAe1|
|2325 October||USA||10||Schedule flights|
|29 October||Luxembourg (GAC)||12||RAF HS12|
|3031 October||Poland, Russia||12||RAF BAe1|
|914 October||USA (UNGA)||18||Schedule flights|
|19 November||Belgium (GAC)||9||RAF HS12|
|1920 November||Spain||13||RAF HS12|
|2123 November||Iran, Pakistan||14||RAF VC10|
|67 December||Belgium (NAC meeting)||11||RAF HS12|
|10 December||Belgium (GAC)||11||RAF HS12|
|1315 December||Belgium (Laeken European Council)||(16)18||RAF BAe1|
|2123 January||Democratic Repubic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda||(17),(18)18||French Government Aircraft|
|28 January||Belgium (GAC)||12||RAF HS12|
(16) FCO delegation
(17) UK delegation
(18) Joint visit with French Foreign Minister Vedrine
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) under what (a) powers and (b) circumstances high commissions are able to delay the implementation of an appeal decision by an immigration adjudicator; 
Mr. Bradshaw: There are no powers or circumstances under which an Entry Clearance Officer may delay unnecessarily the implementation of an appeal decision made by an immigration adjudicator. However, there are a number of steps in the appeals procedure following an adjudication. Implementation is not instantaneous. There are circumstances in which an Entry Clearance Officer can refuse entry clearance subsequent to a decision by an immigration adjudicator to allow an appeal against refusal of entry clearance. I will write separately to the hon. Member giving a detailed explanation of relevant legislation and guidance.
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