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Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many interviews were conducted by the British High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan for entry clearance for settlement purposes in each month in the last two years. 
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Due to security concerns at the High Commission, three partial evacuations of staff were carried out between October 2001 and May 2002 and only essential staff remained in post by 8 June 2002. Although the number of entry clearance staff in post increased significantly during 2003, the Visa Section's ability to offer applicants an interview has been severely disrupted over the past two years.
During 2002 entry clearance interviews for applicants wishing to settle in the UK were only conducted from January to 21 May. During 2003 interviews for non-settlement applications resumed on 1 June, although interviews for settlement did notresume until 1 October
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2003, since when the average wait for interview has been 10 working days. During 2004, 63 interviews are recorded as being conducted up to 20 January.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people are waiting to be granted an interview by the British high commission in Islamabad for entry clearance for settlement purposes. 
Mr. Mullin: As at 20 January 2004, 62 people had scheduled appointments for settlement interviews up to 10 February. A further 66 applicants were waiting for their interview appointments to be arranged.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated (a) number and (b) percentage is of the populations of (i) Bosnia and Herzegovina and (ii) Kosovo who have visa-free access to European Union countries by virtue of their Croatian passports or citizenship is; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacShane [holding answer 14 January 2004]: While we are aware that a number of Croatian citizens living in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo have visa-free access to European Union countries by virtue of their Croatian passports or citizenship, we do not have details of precise numbers. In order to travel to the UK, all Croatian citizens must have a visa.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the membership of the panel responsible for drawing up the shortlist of United Kingdom candidates for the European Court of Human Rights, indicating (a) whom they represent and (b) who appoints them. 
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Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of continuing activity in Libya between March and September 2003 aimed at developing a nuclear capability; and what assessment was made on where material and development assistance was coming from. 
Mr. MacShane: We take a keen interest in supplies to countries of proliferation concern, whatever the source. But the UK Government do not directly monitor sales of nuclear-related technology by Canada and France. Both countries are members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) export control regime which controls the supply of nuclear-related items and technology.
NSG members undertake not to transfer sensitive items where there is a risk of diversion to acts of nuclear terrorism, to nuclear explosive activity, or unsafeguarded nuclear fuel cycle activity. They exchange notifications issued as a result of national decisions to deny transfers of sensitive items, and undertake not to approve identical exports without first consulting the state that issued the original denial notification. Further information can be found at: www.nuclearsuppliersgroup.org
Both states are also members of the Zangger Committee, which serves as the "faithful interpreter" of the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to harmonise nuclear export controls for NPT parties. Committee members produce annual declarations that they have not transferred certain specified material to non-nuclear weapon states not party to the NPT. More information can be found at: www.zanggercommittee.org.
Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that (a) the British Council and (b) the BBC World Service are included in the diplomatic initiatives to win the 2012 Olympics for London. 
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department has spent on (i) advertising and publicity and (ii) information campaigns in each year from 199596 to 200304 (estimated); and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Rammell [holding answer 22 January 2004]: Budgets for Wilton Park, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's only agency, and our 10 non-departmental public bodies are not held centrally. To compile this information would incur disproportionate cost.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of political tension between the Sri Lankan Prime Minister and President on the peace process and existing ceasefire. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We support the Sri Lankan peace process both politically and practically and welcome the progress made since February 2002 when the ceasefire came into effect. We are concerned that the political dispute between President Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe could have a detrimental effect on the process at a crucial stage. We continue to impress upon the two leaders the importance of resolving the underlying issues in a transparent way and of finding a rapid and positive way forward so that peace talks can resume as soon as possible. We are working closely with international partners to reinforce these messages. We are encouraged that the ceasefire continues to hold and we welcome the continued commitments of the President, Prime Minister and of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the ceasefire and the peace process.
Mr. Rammell [holding answer 22 January 2004]: Councillors from St. Helena will be visiting London next week for a further round of talks with FCO officials on the proposed new Constitution. The intention is to have a new Constitution in place in time for the next dissolution of the Legislative Council in July 2005.
Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the principal reasons were for Her Majesty's Government's refusal to accept the St. Helena proposals for a new constitution. 
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accompanied by their constitutional adviser, are due in London this week to participate in a further round of talks with Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials.
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