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A range of initiatives, such as citizenship education in schools and the UK Youth Parliament, assist this aim. At the last General Election we sought to bring this learning to life for young people by working with partners to provide mock elections in schools and colleges. We are considering how to take forward such initiatives in future elections.
In addition, the Independent Electoral Commission established under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act 2000, whose remit includes educating and informing people on electoral matters, makes special efforts to target young people especially those who are on the point of attaining the right to vote.
Mr. Leslie: One of the only recent representations that I have received was from one of my hon. Friend's constituents. My right hon. Friend, the Lord Chancellor explained in his reply that the Government have been engaged since 1997 in a major programme of constitutional reform aimed at addressing the key issues and enhancing the credibility and effectiveness of the UK's constitutional arrangements. We have no plans to formulate an overarching codified constitution.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) discussions have taken place with and (b) representations have been received from the US military on the resettlement of the Chagos Islands and Diego Garcia. 
Mr. Rammell: The US authorities have from time-to-time made clear their concerns about the possible restoration of a settled civilian population in the British Indian Ocean Territory. However, the only formal representation from US authorities on this subject was in June 2000.
Mr. Rammell: The US authorities have repeatedly assured us that no suspected terrorists or Iraqi prisoners are, or ever have been, held on Diego Garcia or on vessels within its waters. The British Representative on the island has confirmed this to be the case.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the International Criminal Court will have jurisdiction over (a) British Indian Ocean Territories and (b) Diego Garcia while the latter are under lease to the US military; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Rammell: The Order in Council to extend the United Kingdom's International Criminal Court Act 2001 to the Overseas Territories, which is a necessary preliminary to the United Kingdom's ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in respect of those territories, will not apply to the British Indian Ocean Territory since that territory has no settled population.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 12 January 2004, Official Report, column 84W, on Iraq, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Mr. Nadhmi Auchi's letter to him of 15 May 2003 introducing the Anglo Arab Organisation and (b) his subsequent acknowledgement. 
Mr. Mullin: I apologise for the delay in replying to the hon. Member. As my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. Rammell) stated in his answer to the hon. Member on 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 84W, Mr. Auchi wrote to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Ms Hewitt) to introduce the Anglo Arab Organisation, on 15 May 2003, and she replied on 29 May 2003.
In his pursuant answer on 3 March 2004, Official Report, column 980W, Mr. Rammell stated that Mr. Auchi also wrote to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 15 May 2003 about the Anglo Arab Organisation, and that my noble Friend the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, replied on his behalf on 7 July 2003.
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Pitcairn, Henderson, Dulcie and Oeno Islands
St Helena (and her Dependencies of Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)
Falkland Islands (and her dependencies of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands)
Turks and Caicos Island
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Foreign Office spent on press officers (a) in 199697 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by grade. 
Mr. Straw: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent the following amounts on different grades of staff in its press office. These amounts are based on an average salary for the grade, employer national insurance and superannuation for each grade, and therefore do not reflect actual payments to press office staff.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Department spent on (a) mobile phones, (b) hospitality and (c) taxis in (i) 199697 and (ii) the latest accounting period. 
This does not include the costs of mobile phones for staff overseas. Responsibility for such contracts is devolved to our overseas missions and the relevant figures could be provided only at disproportionate costs.
DS Entertainment Fund, used for official hospitality by Ministers and Officers in London: £383,507.89
Accountable Entertainment Allowance spent on official hospitality abroad by officers with representational duties against a personal authorised ceiling: £3,865,746.74
Frais expenditure by Heads of Mission on official hospitality abroad: £5,532,641.13
Total for 199697: £9,781,895.76
Direct Entertainment Expenditure in London and at Post, that includes the DS Entertainment Fund and expenditure from a system of local entertainment budgets abroad that replaced the former Accountable Entertainment Allowance for individual officers: £4,178,832.75
Frais expenditure by Heads of Mission on official entertainment abroad: £4,103,380.55
Total for 200304: £8,282,213.30
Between these two financial years, entertainment budgets have been largely devolved to individual FCO Directorates and some payments previously made directly to individual officers now have to be drawn against tighter objectives from pooled entertainment funds. The annual totals are not therefore altogether directly comparable.
FY 199697: £113,058.09
FY 200304: £412,168.68
The 199607 figures may not provide a full picture of expenditure as they will not include the large ad-hoc use of black cab taxis in London by FCO staff. Staff would claim these costs via individual travel claims. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.
The figures relate to both the FCO's offices in London and Hanslope Park. Hanslope Park, since 199607, has developed into an important operational site to the Department and leads on major Projects such as Firecrest, the FCO Telecommunications Network and PRISM; hence the number of visitors has increased. The site is not supported by public transport links and use of taxi's to/from Central Milton Keynes (London main line) station has been the only method of reaching the site for train users. We have recognised the increased use of taxis at Hanslope Park and introduced an 'in-house' minibus service at peak times of the morning/afternoon to cut costs. In addition, we are actively managing the taxi contracts to ensure value for money. We have also encouraged taxi-sharing where possible.
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Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of printing Foreign Office headed notepaper in (a) 199697 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Straw: For normal departmental use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not use pre-printed headed notepaper. FCO staff use electronic templates to print out the FCO letterhead. There are, however, some departments/posts which require the use of pre-printed headed paper.
Data from the financial year 199697 are not available, although headed paper produced by FCO Services Crystal Print cost £7.70 for 500 sheets in 199697. This does not include embossed letterheads which would have been sourced through an external supplier; financial data for this is not available.
The cost of obtaining 500 sheets of pre-printed letterheads from FCO Services Crystal Print is £49.00, £6.50 for each extra 500 thereafter. In 199697 the letterheads were charged at cost (ink and paper) as the artwork was supplied by a separate department, and pricing for the internal market had not been introduced fully. Now that the artwork is produced in house a charge for the set up fee of the artwork is included in the initial cost, hence the reduction in price for multiples of 500. This current price also includes full economic cost. For the latest period June 2003June 2004, FCO Services Crystal Print took orders for about 133,000 sheets of letterheads, including continuation sheets, for both home and overseas departments. The total cost was approximately £5,200. This type of letterhead is produced in house, from layout to print. For the period June 2003 to July 2004 FCO Services Crystal Print ordered embossed letterheads to the value of £6,586 from external suppliers.
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