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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to limit foreign travel by Commission officials with access to EU top secret documents; and if he will list the countries to which paragraph 6 of 19.6 of Com Doc 2001/844/EC refers. 
There is no formal list of countries likely to present a risk to staff cleared for EU top secret access. As in the UK, decisions are taken at departmental level in the light of prevailing circumstances, and staff cleared to EU top secret would be warned to seek approval before travelling
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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy toward Liberia; what assessment he has made of the impact of sanctions; and when he expects them to be lifted. 
Mr. MacShane: Liberia continues to threaten stability in the Mano River sub-region and undermine progress towards lasting peace in Sierra Leone. A UN report published in December 2000 highlighted President Taylor's financial and military support for the RUF rebels trying to overthrow the Government of Sierra Leone. The UN demanded that Liberia cut its links with the armed rebel groups. In May 2001, with strong UK support, the UNSC imposed sanctions on Liberia including a renewed arms embargo, a ban on the export of uncut diamonds and a travel ban on President Taylor and his associates. We believe the sanctions should remain in place until there is clear evidence that Taylor has fundamentally changed his behaviour.
Mr. Straw: There are no complete records of companies who have benefited from British Trade International assistance in Turkey. The Turkey Trade Unit (TTU) of Trade Partners UK maintains a database of approximately 3,000 active records compiled initially from those companies who participated in the various activities of the "Turkey: Positioned for Business" promotional campaign, which occurred between 1998 and 2001.
Mr. Straw: British companies are able to access the full range of Trade Partners UK services when developing their business overseas. Information on these services can be found on the Trade Partners website (www.tradepartners.gov.uk). These services make no distinction between companies which are trading and those which are seeking to invest.
UK trade with Turkey has developed into a two way business of approximately £3 billion a year. Exports were down in 2001 as a result of the Turkish economic slowdown but are still expected to be around £1.2 billion while imports are expected to reach £1.8 billion. The UK was the fifth largest foreign investor in Turkey in 2001, with an investment stock of some £2.3 billion.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what safeguards British Trade International has in place to protect the interests of British investors in Turkey. 
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Mr. Straw: The UK has an agreement for the promotion and protection of investments with the Republic of Turkey, which entered into force on 22 October 1996. That agreement provides British investors with certain rights in respect of their investments in Turkey, including the right to treatment no less favourable than that accorded by the Turkish Government to Turkish investments or the investment of the nationals in Turkey of any third state. In the event of a dispute arising between the Turkish Government and a British investor in respect of a British investment in Turkey, the British investor has the right to submit the dispute to international arbitration under the jurisdiction of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints the British embassy in Ankara has received from British (a) companies and (b) individuals investing in Turkey in the last two years. 
Mr. Straw: The British embassy in Ankara has received very few complaints. The embassy and its consulates have, however, given advice and support to a number of British companies and individuals on how best to pursue administrative or licensing problems with the Turkish authorities, and referred such inquirers to independent legal advice when necessary.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many business ventures which were originally assisted by British Trade International are subject to legal proceedings in Turkey. 
Mr. Straw: We do not know the numbers of business ventures originally assisted by British Trade International, which are subject to legal proceedings in Turkey, nor could such information be provided, if at all, except at disproportionate cost. Any companies who are likely to need to resort to law are encouraged to seek the advice of the British embassy in Ankara or its consulates where they may benefit from British Trade International assistance.
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Mr. Straw: The British Government give high priority to Turkey in their trade development activities but no special plans exist to promote Turkey as a destination for UK investment. HM Government have been assisting the Turkish Government with their plans to improve the environment for foreign direct investment in Turkey.
As part of this, in January 2002 the Deputy Director-General of Foreign Investment from the Turkish Treasury, Mrs. Emil, visited the UK as a guest of HM Government to look at UK experience of promoting inward investment and regional development.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were seconded between (a) BP, (b) Shell, (c) Enron, (d) Exxon- Mobil, (e) Conoco, (f) Texaco and (g) TotalFinaElf and his Department in (i) 19992000, (ii) 200001 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. MacShane: Three FCO officers were seconded to BP during 19992000, one officer from 200001 and one officer from 2001 to present date. A representative from Shell has been seconded to our embassy in Tripoli from June 2001 to June 2002 under the short-term business attachment scheme (STBAS). No officers were seconded to/from Enron, Exxon-Mobil, Conoco, Texaco or TotalFinaElf.
Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the United Kingdom's representation on the European Union's Committee of the Regions. 
|Muriel Barker||North East Lincolnshire (Unitary) District|
|Derek Boden||Leader of the North West Regional Assembly|
|Ken Bodfish OBE||Leader of Brighton and Hove city council|
|Sir Albert Bore||Leader of Birmingham city council|
|Keith Brown||Leader of Clackmannanshire council|
|Rosemary Butler AM||National Assembly for Wales, Newport West|
|Ruth Coleman||Executive Member of North Wiltshire county council|
|Michael Davey||Leader of Northumberland county council|
|Sir Simon Day||Chairman of Devon county council|
|Margaret Eaton||Leader of Bradford metropolitan borough council|
|Baroness (Joan) Hanham||London borough of Kensington and Chelsea|
|Lord Hanningfield||Essex county council|
|Gordon Keymer||Leader of Tanbridge district council|
|Christine May||Leader of Fife council|
|Peter Moore||Liberal Democrat Leader of Sheffield metropolitan borough council|
|Dermot Nesbitt MLA||Junior Minister in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister|
|Alban Maginness MLA||Northern Ireland Assembly|
|Irene Oldfather MSP||Scottish Parliament, Cunninghame South|
|Dame Sally Powell||London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Brian Smith||Torfaen county borough council|
|Nicol Stephen MSP||Scottish Deputy Minister for Education and Young People|
|The hon. Joan Taylor||Nottinghamshire county council|
|Lord Tope CBE||Liberal Democrat Leader of the Greater London Assembly|
|Milner Whiteman||Bridgnorth district council|
|Jennette Arnold||Member of the Greater London Assembly|
|Joan Ashton||Independent Group Leader and Deputy Leader of Boston district council|
|Ruth Bagnall||Labour Group Leader of Cambridge city council|
|Olive Brown||Leader of Wear Valley district council|
|Diane Bunyan||Deputy Leader of Bristol city council|
|Flo Cluclas||Liverpool city council|
|Hugh Halcro-Johnston MSP||Convener, Orkney Islands council and Vice-President of COSLA|
|Dr. Ruth Henig CBE||Chair of Lancashire police authority|
|Jonathan Huish||Rhondda Cynon Taff county borough council|
|Elin Jones||Assembly Member for Ceredigion|
|Susie Kemp||Opposition Leader of West Berkshire county council|
|Lord Tarsem King||Mayor of Sandwell district council|
|Sue Sida Lockett||Conservative Group Leader of Suffolk county council|
|Corrie McChord||Leader of Stirling council|
|Jack McConnell MSP||First Minister|
|Irene McGugan MSP||Shadow spokesperson for children and education|
|Bob Neill||Member of the Greater London Assembly, Bexley and Bromley|
|Margaret Ritchie||District councillor, Down district council|
|George Savage MLA||Northern Ireland Assembly, Upper Bann|
|David Shakespeare||Leader of Buckinghamshire county council|
|Shirley Smart||Leader of Isle of Wight unitary council|
|Jim Speechley CBE||Leader of Lincolnshire county council|
|Liz Tucker||Liberal Democrat Leader of Worcestershire county council|
|Sir Ron Watson CBE||Sefton metropolitan borough council|
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