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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much embassy and high commission land has been sold in each year since 1998; and what the value was in pounds sterling. 
|Financial year||Area soldsquare metre||Sale proceeds (£000)|
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) high commissions and (b) embassies from which land has been sold in each year since 1998. 
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|200102||British High Commission, Singapore|
|200102||British High Commission, Valletta|
|200203||British High Commission, Pretoria|
|199899||British High Commission, Quito|
|19992000||British Embassy, Dublin|
|200102||British Embassy, Kiev|
|200203||British Consulate-General, Alexandria|
|200304||British Embassy, Kiev|
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, for each month since it was established, the total income from oil revenues paid into the development fund for Iraq. 
Mr. Rammell: Information on the amount of Iraqi oil produced each month from May 2003 to January 2004 inclusive is given in the following table. Information on the amount paid for the oil is not publicly available. However, as of 5 March 2004, a total of US $6.18 billion of oil proceeds had been received by the Development Fund for Iraq. This information is available through the Coalition Provisional Authority website at www.cpa-iraq.org/budget/DFI introl.html.
|Iraqi oil production(million barrels per day)||Net production|
(1) Estimated Iraqi oil supply net of re-injected crude oil.
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occasions since 1 January 2003 his Department has quoted an official from a foreign Government in the title of a press release. 
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Canadian Government on seal culling in that country; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We last made formal representations to the Canadian Government in 1999. The Canadian authorities are fully aware of our views. We do not accept the need for any seal cull, but if one does take place it should be sustainable and based on a precautionary principle.
Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his officials have had with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka about the needs of Muslims in Sri Lanka. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: In their contacts with representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) officials from the British high commission in Sri Lanka regularly raise concerns regarding community relations in LTTE-held areas including the situation of the Muslim community.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The forced displacement in the past of large numbers of the Muslim community in parts of North and East Sri Lanka by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is one of the many regrettable aspects of the conflict. A large number of Muslims remain internally displaced. Their reintegration and that of other internally displaced people will be a major issue for a permanent peace agreement to address. We are not aware of any significant recent displacements of Muslims although relations between Muslim, Tamil and Sinhalese communities in eastern Sri Lanka remains an issue of concern. The Government, through the Global Conflict Prevention Pool, are currently funding work by local NGOs to develop early warning mechanisms to prevent local disputes in the east from escalating.
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Mr. Mullin: The current round of peace talks had been due to adjourn on 16 March but have now been extended until 31 March 2004. The First-Vice President and the Chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement continue to discuss the outstanding issues. We remain hopeful that a framework agreement will be finalised soon.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the fighting between the Sudan People's Liberation Army and the Lord's Resistance Army in Southern Sudan. 
Mr. Mullin: We are aware of recent reports of skirmishes between the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in southern Sudan but have no confirmed details.
However, we recognise that Sudan has a potentially significant role to play in the resolution of the conflict in northern Uganda and are encouraged by recent efforts at cooperation between the two countries. We continue to emphasise this through our Embassy in Khartoum and in ministerial exchanges.
Mr. Mullin: We welcome the Government of Chad's readiness to help the parties to the conflict to find a solution to Darfur's problems, and its continued support to the 110,000 Sudanese refugees whom they are currently hosting.
Mr. Mullin: We are in daily contact with the US Administration about the situation in Darfur and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development spoke to the Administrator of the US Agency for International Development about Darfur on 10 March 2004. We are working closely with the US to get the parties to re-establish a ceasefire, preferably with international monitoring, to permit humanitarian access to all those in need, and to resume talks to find a peaceful solution to Darfur's problems.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance is issued to British embassies and high commissions abroad on appropriate support to (a) visiting Government Ministers, (b) visiting select committees, (c) select committee members travelling individually and (d) visiting hon. Members; and if he will publish the guidelines in full. 
Mr. Straw: Guidance on handling visiting select committees, individual MPs and opposition front bench Members is available to all Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff, at home and abroad, on the FCO intranet. I have placed copies of the relevant guidance in
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the Library of the House. The FCO does not issue specific guidance on what level of support should be provided for visiting Government Ministers or select committee members travelling individually.
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