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Mr. Rammell: The British Embassy in Tel Aviv last lobbied the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the issue of citizenship on 11 August 2003. Embassy staff raised concerns about the implementation of the revised citizenship law and the discriminatory effect it would have on certain sectors of the population, including many Palestinians. We continue to monitor the situation closely.
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of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the Ninth Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee's Session 200203" (Cm 6123) with Appendix 13 of the Hutton Report. 
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other EU Foreign Ministers about (a) the harmonisation of salaries for MEPs and (b) ensuring greater transparency in the travel expenses of MEPs and EU officials. 
Mr. MacShane: Salaries and travel expenses for MEPs were most recently discussed at the General Affairs and External Relations Council on 27 January, where the Council failed to reach agreement on a revised Statute for MEPs. We nonetheless hope the European Parliament will implement its Expenses Regulationwhich it can do with or without a Statuteso reforming its travel expenses system.
Draft revised Staff Regulations for all EU officials are currently being discussed at working group level; they have not been discussed by the Council. We hope that they will be implemented on 1 May and will make the travel expenses system for EU officials simpler and more transparent.
Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to secure a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems as envisaged in UN Security Council Resolution 1284, in respect of (a) Israel and (b) Syria. 
We take every available opportunity to urge all states in the region to sign, ratify and abide by the obligations of all Treaties and Conventions covering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means for their delivery.
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Mr. Mullin: The independence of the Mozambican judiciary is enshrined in Section 1, Article 164 of the Mozambican constitution. This states that, "In the discharge of their functions, judges are independent and only owe obedience to the law". The Government of Mozambique is committed to ensuring an independent and fair judicial system.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the list lodged with his Department of United Kingdom claimants for property appropriated without compensation by the Mozambique Government since 1975. 
Mr. Mullin: Under Exemption 15 (Statutory and other restrictions: Data Protection Act in this case) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, the Government is prohibited from placing in the Library the list of UK claimants for property appropriated without compensation by the Mozambique Government since 1975 without the written permission of all those listed.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions in the last 12 months in which the issue of claims for compensation for confiscated property have been raised with the Mozambican authorities. 
Mr. Mullin: Our High Commission in Maputo last raised the issue of claims for compensation for confiscated property with the Mozambican authorities in July 2003. We will continue to raise the matter with the Mozambicans as and when appropriate opportunities present themselves.
Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the acquisition of ballistic missiles and associated technology by Nigeria from North Korea. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evaluation he has made of recent evidence from North Korea of continuing human rights abuses, with specific reference to use of political prisoners to test chemical weapons. 
Mr. Mullin: We fully share my hon. Friend's concerns about reports of continued and widespread human rights violations in North Korea, and we raise the issue regularly with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) authorities. My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Bill Rammell) raised the allegations concerning chemical weapons tested on North Korean prisoners with the DPRK Ambassador on 12 February and urged the DPRK government to allow independent monitors access to the country to verify or disprove such allegations, as called for in the Resolution adopted by the UN Commission on Human
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Rights in 2003. We will continue to encourage the DPRK government to co-operate fully with UN human rights mechanisms.
Mr. Mullin: We regularly raise the issue of North Korean refugees with the Chinese, including at the biannual UK/China Human Rights Dialogue. At the last round of the Dialogue, on 10/11 November 2003, we urged China to allow the UNHCR access to the border areas and to observe its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention. In addition, my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Bill Rammell) raised the issue with the Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui in December 2003.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days on average his Department took in Session 200203 to give a substantive answer to a parliamentary question for ordinary written answer; and what the greatest number of days taken to answer such a question was. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's expenditure on recruitment advertising was in each of the last three years, broken down by publication; and what proportion of such expenditure was (a) to advertise vacant posts and (b) in the form of other general recruitment advertising. 
|A1Administrative assistantsJune 2002, September 2002, October 2002, March 2003|
|South London Press||19,348.80|
|Metro and Evening Standard||91,544.00|
|A2Executive AssistantsJuly 2002, October 2002, February 2003|
|Evening Standard and Metro||15,722.40|
|Ethnic Media Group||8,510.00|
|Scotsman (including Evening News)||12,690.00|
|Belfast Telegraph (including Sunday Life)||7,354.71|
|Cardiff Western Mail||14,064.60|
|Glasgow Evening Times||2,856.80|
|Edinburgh Evening News||3,816.80|
|B3Operational EntrySeptember 2002, January 2003|
|Cardiff Western Mail||9,615.50|
|Ethnic Media Group||5,513.68|
|Evening Standard and Metro||10,872.00|
|Overseas Security ManagersJanuary 2003|
|C4DS GeneralSeptember 2002|
|Cardiff Western Mail||3,347.90|
|C4DS EconomistsSeptember 2002, January 2003|
|Cardiff Western Mail||6,469.40|
|Sunday Times Website||340.00|
|Ethnic Media Group||2,908.00|
|Asian Times Group||1,506.00|
|Ethnic Media Group||19,764.00|
|Luton and Dunstable Herald||1,577.00|
|Milton Keynes Chronicle||834.50|
|Milton Keynes Citizen||3,362.70|
|Northampton Herald and Sport||1,223.00|
|Northants Curon and Echo||1,587.00|
|FCO Hanslope Park|
|C4Contract ManagersApril 2002|
|C4Electrical Technician OfficerApril 2002|
|Institution of Electrical Engineers||4,624.80|
|D7Head of Technical SecurityMay 2002|
|C4Investigating OfficerSeptember 2002|
|Jane's Information Group||3,877.50|
|A1 Mail Room AssistantsNovember 2002|
|B3Assistant Government ButlerMarch 2003|
|Caterer and Hotel Keeper||1,854.16|
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|Hobsons Career Guide for Women 2003|
|Hobsons Career Guide for Students with Disabilities 2003|
|Hobsons Career Guide for Ethnic Minorities 2003||82,500.00|
|Hobsons Diversity Handbook|
|Newsletters for Ethnic Minority students|
|KALCareers Advice for Ethnic Minority Graduates|
|Number TenCareers Advice for Women Graduates|
|Arberry ProfileCareers Advice for Disabled Graduates||81,114.00|
|SpectrumCareers Advice for Ethnic Minority 16 to 19-year-olds|
|Doctor Job's Little Black Book||4,450.00|
|www.doctorjob.com employer profile|
|National Guide to Black History Month||3,100.00|
|Employment Opportunities website and newsletter||2,000.00|
|Black and Asian Graduate website||495.00|
We advertise widely for jobs in the Diplomatic Service and specialist positions, as well as general careers advertisements placed in diversity publications and websites. The placement of adverts is reviewed regularly according to the nature of the position, cost and response from previous advertisements. The above breakdown for the years 200002 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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