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Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if serial numbers have been systematically logged in respect of the weapons found in Afghanistan since coalition military operations began against suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda forces earlier this year. 
Mr. Hoon: The Royal Marines deployed in Afghanistan have discovered a number of significant weapons caches. Those weapons that have not been destroyed have been handed over to the Afghan authorities. There has been no routine logging of serial numbers.
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Mr. MacShane [holding answer 27 June 2002]: The Organisation of African Unity and President Wade of Senegal continue with their mediation efforts. The UK, along with EU partners and others in the donor community continues to encourage the two parties to find a solution through dialogue. The US has recently recognised Mark Ravalomanana as President of Madagascar.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what protocols exist on the operation of European parliamentary investigations being conducted within the United Kingdom. 
Peter Hain [holding answer 27 June 2002]: There is no protocol which governs the operations of European parliamentary investigations. Temporary committees of the European Parliament are set up under its rules of procedure. A Decision of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission sets out the detailed provisions governing the European Parliament's right of inquiry and the setting up of temporary committees of inquiry.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the power members of the European Parliament have to summon witnesses for inquiries that they are conducting within the United Kingdom. 
Under the Decision of the European Parliament, Council, and the Commission on the exercise of the European Parliament's right of inquiry, temporary committees of inquiry may request member states to designate an "official or servant whom they authorise to appear before the temporary committee of inquiry, unless grounds of secrecy or public or national security dictate otherwise by virtue of national or Community legislation". This is without prejudice to any other provisions of the member states which prohibit officials from appearing.
The European Parliament may set up temporary committees under their own rules of procedure. Such committees can request witnesses and experts to make a statement or provide testimony. There is no obligation on those individuals to respond to that invitation.
Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the arrangements made with Spain in respect of Gibraltar Airport to unblock the progress of EC aviation measures. 
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sovereignty, or affecting day to day operations at Gibraltar airport. When such a measure is brought forward, the Commission will judge whether or not it places obligations on airports. If so, the Council and Commission will agree to the insertion of the clauses suspending application until the implementation of the 1987 Joint Declaration of the UK and Spain on Gibraltar airport, which have featured in previous measures. If not, the text will not be amended. The Transport Council agreed Common Positions on the first measures subject to this arrangement, relating to occurrence reporting and aviation statistics, on 17 June.
We are confident that suspension will have no material impact on the operation of Gibraltar airport. We will continue to work with the Government of Gibraltar and the authorities at Gibraltar airport to ensure that, wherever necessary, equivalent measures are implemented on a national basis.
The Government believes that this is the best way forward until a long-term solution is found. We have always made clear that we want Gibraltar to enjoy the full benefits of EC aviation measures, as is its right. But, since the 11 September atrocities in particular, it is essential for British and other European air travellers, and the companies concerned, that EC measures to improve the functioning of the aviation sector, and especially to enhance aviation security, are taken forward quickly and effectively. It would be intolerable if all air travellers were denied the benefit of such measures because of delay
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Helen Jones: 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 July and (b) major European Union events for the period between 1 August and December. 
1112Brusselsplenary session of the convention on the future of Europe
1213Koldingmeeting of employment and social policy Ministers (Ministerial Informal)
1921Arhusmeeting of environment Ministers (Ministerial Informal)
1112Brusselsgeneral affairs council
3031BruneiASEAN regional forum (Ministerial)
3001BruneiEUSouth Korea (Ministerial Troika)
3031BruneiEUNorth Korea (Ministerial Troika).
|12||Brunei||ASEAN post-Ministerial Conference (Troika)|
|2729||Illulissat||Meeting of the Northern Dimension (Ministerial)|
|311||Elisnore||Gymnich (Ministerial Informal)|
|6||Brussels||ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting|
|68||Copenhagen||ECOFIN (Ministerial Informal)|
|810||Nyborg||Agriculture Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|1213||Brussels||Plenary Session of the Convention on the Future of Europe|
|1213||Copenhagen||Justice and Home Affairs Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|26||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Council|
|27||Tent||ACPEU Ministers Meeting|
|301||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|34||Brussels||Plenary Session of the Convention on the Future of Europe|
|34||Brussels||Transport and Telecommunications Council|
|8||Brussels||Employment and Social Policy Council|
|14||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs, and Civil Protection Council|
|1819||Aalborg||Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Industry Meeting (Ministerial Informal)|
|2122||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|2829||Brussels||Plenary Session of the Convention on the Future of Europe|
|2||Brussels||ECOFINTroika meeting on MacroEconomic Dialogue|
|78||Brussels||Plenary Session of the Convention on the Future of Europe|
|12||Brussels||Education and Youth Council|
|1415||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Youth Council|
|1819||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|2526||Brussels||Industry and Energy Council|
|28||Ouagadougou||EUECOWAS (Ministerial Troika)|
|2829||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs, and Civil Protection Council|
|3||Brussels||Employment and Social Policy Council|
|56||Brussels||Plenary Session of the Convention on the Future of Europe|
|56||Brussels||Transport and Telecommunications Council|
|910||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|2021||Brussels||Plenary Session of the Convention on the Future of Europe|
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