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Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications Her Majesty's Government have received from the New Zealand Government in respect of the return shipment of substandard MOX plutonium fuel from Japan to BNFL Sellafield. 
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations Her Majesty's Government have received from (a) other states and (b) non-governmental organisations in respect of the shipment of rejected MOX plutonium fuel from Japan back to Sellafield. 
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Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of the Greek Government have visited the United Kingdom in the past two months in an official capacity; and what discussions the Government have had with visiting members of the Greek Government. 
Peter Hain: The Greek Minister for Defence, Mr. Papantoniou, visited the UK on 8 and 9 May. He met my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence. They discussed a number of bilateral and multilateral issues. The Greek Deputy Minister for Transport, Dr. Spyros Vougias, visited the UK from 28 to 31 May, but his programme did not involve Ministers.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met Sonia Gandhi (leader of the Indian Congress Party in opposition) during his India visit on 29 May. They had a constructive and useful discussion focusing on the current high tensions between India and Pakistan.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries the UK delegation to the Human Rights Commission in Geneva has (a) voted for and (b) voted against with regard to a visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacShane: In accordance with her mandate established by the UN General Assembly, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has a central role to play in ensuring that human rights are fully integrated in the work of the UN. Mrs. Robinson determines her own travel programme. Since she took office in 1997, she has visited a large number of countries in all regions of the world at the invitation of their Governments or other organisations (eg to attend a conference). It is rare for country resolutions at the Commission on Human Rights to include provision for a visit by the high commissioner. When that is the case, the UK voting position is determined by the merit of the resolution.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the status accorded by the United Nations to (a) Ceuta, (b) Melilla and (c) Gibraltar. 
Mr. MacShane: For the purposes of Article 73 of the United Nations Charter, Gibraltar appears on the list of territories which have not yet attained a full measure of self-government. Ceuta and Melilla do not appear on this list, and have not been considered by the UN to be non-self-governing territories.
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Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the prospects for reform of the common agricultural policy in the light of the conclusions reached at the General Affairs Council at Luxembourg on 10 June. 
Along with Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, the UK wants to put to one side the question of extending direct payments to the candidates for farming until later in the enlargement negotiations. Most European Union member states are content with this proposal.
Reform of the common agricultural policy was not on the agenda at the General Affairs Council. Her Majesty's Government consider that the Commission's on the mid-term review of the common agricultural policy, due in mid-July, should make a substantive contribution to the process of reform of the common agricultural policy. Our objectives for reform are well known and are shared with a growing number of EU member states. We believe that the reform of the common agricultural policy should take place in parallel with, but not be a pre-condition for, enlargement.
Mr. MacShane: Following consultation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Trade and Industry recently approved two licences for the export to Iraq of protective de-mining vests, which appear on the Military List, for use by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) de-mining team in Iraq.
The UN Iraq Sanctions Committee approved this export to Iraq under the Oil for Food programme (OFF). Under OFF, Iraq is allowed to export unlimited quantities of oil to fund the purchase of humanitarian goods. The export is consistent with the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria.
Mr. Wareing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated on the prevention of medical supplies and medical journals from entering Iraq by the United Nations Sanctions Committee. [61598R]
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Mr. Mike O'Brien: Medical journals and medicines are not prevented from entering Iraq by the UN Sanctions Committee. Other medical supplies are only very rarely denied where there is real concern that they will be abused for military-related purposes.
Peter Hain: The Youth Convention is an initiative proposed by Valery Giscard d'Estaing, President of the European Convention, to involve young people in the 'Future of Europe' debate. Representatives nominated by member states and accession countries, and the European Parliament, will hold a plenary session on 910 July, before reporting to the convention on 1112 July.
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Commonwealth Office and The Independent: Claire McCarthy, Miles Kemp and Carina Dunkerly. Three others were appointed by the main UK political parties represented at the convention. They are Blair McDougall (Labour); Sam Dobbyn (Conservative); and Alison Goldsworthy (Liberal Democrat).
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2001, to the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyne), Official Report, column 816W, on special advisers, what the accommodation and subsistence costs were for each trip; if those costs are included in the figures in the answer; and what the (a) starting point, (b) means of transport, (c) destination, (d) overnight accommodation and (e) point of return were of his predecessor's special adviser's trip to Montenegro on 24/25 April 2001. 
|Destination||Means of transport||Cost of transport (£)||Accommodation cost (£)||Subsistence cost (£)||Total (£)|
|45 April 2001||Belgrade and Skopje||RAF flight||||150.06||32.00||182.06|
|2425 April 2001||Montenegro||RAF flight||||(34)||6.37||6.37|
|30 August 2001||Macedonia (day trip)||RAF flight||||n/a||n/a|||
|56 September 2001||Abuja||RAF flight||||314.29||78.00||392.29|
|1718 October 2001||Luxembourg and Turkey||RAF flight||||(35)||33.74||33.74|
|914 November 2001||New York||Flight||2,645.50||c.670.00||c.300.00||c.3,615.50|
|2223 November 2001||Iran and Pakistan||RAF flight||||115.58||19.52||135.00|
|2123 January 2002||Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi||Flight(36)||||197.90||99.06||296.96|
|2628 February 2002||India||Flight||3,352.81||c.50.00||22.36||3,425.17|
|11 June 2001||Luxembourg (day trip)||RAF flight||||n/a||12.43||12.43|
|9 July 2001||Paris (day trip)||RAF flight||||n/a||n/a|||
|1112 July 2001||Washington||Flight||4,346.80||151.82||129.90||4,628.52|
|1718 July 2001||Brussels||Eurostar||380.00||(37)||n/a||380.00|
|2427 September 2001||Jordan, Iran, Israel, Palestinian Authority and Egypt||RAF flight||||200.66||97.18||297.84|
|2324 October 2001||Washington||Flight||3,048.70||149.17||79.00||3,276.87|
|1920 November 2001||Brussels and Barcelona||RAF flight||||52.00||74.19||126.19|
|67 December 2001||Gibraltar||Flight||852.40||(38)||20.00||872.40|
|31 January to 2 February 2002||Washington||Flight||4,095.90||307.14||132.32||4,537.36|
|1216 February 2002||Turkey, Israel, Palestinian Authority and Afghanistan||RAF and charter flights||||391.36||71.00||462.36|
|21 February 2002||The Hague (day trip)||RAF flight||||n/a||n/a|||
(34) British Forces accommodation
(35) Ambassador's residence
(36) French Foreign Minister's official aircraft
(37) Counsellor, UK Representative
(38) Governor's residence
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