|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997; how many (a) actions, (b) settlements and (c) court cases there were in each year and what the costs of each settlement were. 
|Financial year||Cases worked on in year||Total (£)|
|Awarded against FCO||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Awarded against applicants||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Total cost per year||10,000.00||2,000.00||40,265.54||108,243.74||94,994.05||56,622.71||24,469.63|
This answer is limited to cases handled by Treasury Solicitors, this being the only readily available information. There are no centrally maintained records for payments for other legal services obtained by various parts of the Office. Information on the costs of these services could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence were of each trip. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of emails; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months; 
11 Jan 2005 : Column 412W
(2) what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months. 
Mr. Straw: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to implement well established policies and procedures for the review and disposal of files and documents in accordance with its administrative needs, the requirements of the Public Records Act and its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.
There has been no change to this policy in the past 12 months, apart from a reduction in the period of retention for consular case files, which was cut in 2004 from six to three years after last action, to ensure FCO compliance with Principle 7 of the Data Protection Act.
Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Eritrean Government concerning the imprisonment of 400 people for their Christian faith. 
Mr. Mullin: We raise the issue of religious freedom with the Eritrean Government regularly. I raised the matter with President Isaias in Asmara during my visit there last January and our ambassador raised it most recently on 13 December. We will continue to make clear our concern.
Mr. Rammell: The Afghan authorities and United Nations officials led the effort to gain the hostages' safe release. We worked closely with them throughout. HMG do not negotiate with terrorists/kidnappers but we are willing to talk on humanitarian grounds and listen to what they have to say (as indicated by my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary during the kidnap of Kenneth Bigley in September).
Mr. Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the President of Pakistan on the possible adverse effects on local people of the extension of the Mangla Dam. 
This project is a matter for the Pakistani authorities. However, we understand the concerns involved and welcome the commitment of the Pakistani government to help all those who are likely to be adversely affected by the project.
11 Jan 2005 : Column 413W
On 17 December the EU Presidency, on behalf of all EU partners, raised with the Government of Pakistan the issue of honour killings in the context of an EU demarche on human rights issues. We have welcomed President Musharraf's statements denouncing honour killings and the Bill passed by the Pakistan National Assembly in October 2004 which addressed certain aspects of honour killings.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|