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Mr. Straw: Of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office services fleet of 38 vehicles, we only use retread tyres on our three trailers and on the back axle of our one rigid lorry. No retreads are used on the car or van fleets.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) surveys and (b) other measures of UK public opinion he has commissioned on Turkey's prospective accession to the European Union. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not commissioned any surveys of UK public opinion on Turkey's prospective accession to the European Union. However, the Government closely follow the European Commission's Eurobarometer surveys and opinion polls conducted by various UK based newspapers and media groups.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 872W, on the EU constitution, if he will make a statement on the application of qualified majority under EU constitution article III-293 to the decision making process; which (a) themes and (b) regions have featured as areas of common foreign and security policy activity; who will arbitrate in areas of jurisdictional controversy between the EU Minister and a given member state; and what legal obligations follow a request by the EU Minister to be provided with a seat at international forums attended by the UK. 
Article III-293 of the EU constitutional treaty, which sets out the role of the European Council in defining the strategic interests and objectives of the Union in external policies, provides that the European Council shall act unanimously" not by qualified majority. Only European decisions defining a specifically identified Union action or position on these unanimously agreed strategic interests and objectives can be adopted by qualified majority, under article III-300(2(a)).
A wide range of themes and regions have already featured as areas of common foreign and security policy activity. However only three of theseRussia, Ukraine and Euromedhave had strategic interests and objectives identified for them in a manner similar to the provisions in article II-293.
Under article I-28.2 of the constitutional treaty the European Union Foreign Minister (EUFM) would carry out his role in common foreign and security policy as mandated by the Council"ie the member states acting unanimously. Questions of jurisdictional controversy" between the EUFM and a member state would therefore be unlikely, and would undoubtedly be addressed and settled amicably in discussions in the Council.
There is no provision in the European Union constitutional treaty which places an obligation on member states or other international organisations to provide the EU Minister with a seat at international forums attended by the UK. My right hon. Friend the then Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. MacShane), set out in more detail the relationship proposed by the constitutional treaty between the EU Foreign Ministers and international organisations, in a letter to the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford (Mr. Davies). A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library of the House (House of Commons reference: DEP 07/0072).
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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the attendees expected at the Informal Meeting of Heads of State or Government at Hampton Court Palace on 27 October; and what the agenda for the meeting is. 
Mr. Straw [holding answer 17 October 2005]: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister will set out the scope of the discussion in the letter of invitation to the Informal Meeting of Heads of State or Government. The principal attendees are Heads of State or Government, the President of the EU Commission and the Secretary General of the Council. The list of other attendees has yet to be finalised.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Libyan authorities regarding the possible transfer of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from a Scottish jail; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: There has been no discussion with the Libyan authorities about Mr. al-Megrahi's transfer from a Scottish jail. The Government's position remains that, in relation to the Lockerbie trial, those tried and found guilty under Scottish law would serve their prison sentence in Scotland.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of the UK ambassadors in each Commonwealth country; and on what date each was appointed to the position. 
Mr. Straw: The following table is of all current British High Commissioners to Commonwealth countries and shows the date they were appointed. Some Commonwealth members have Non-Resident High Commissioners (NR).
|Country||High Commissioner||Date appointed|
|Antigua and Barbuda (NR)||John White|
|Australia||Right hon. Helen Liddell||July 2005|
|The Bahamas (NR)||Jeremy Cresswell (Resident Jamaica)||July 2005|
|Bangladesh||Anwar Choudhury||May 2004|
|Barbados||John White||August 2001|
|Belize||Alan Jones||November 2004|
|Botswana||Frank Martin||October 2005|
|Brunei||John Saville||May 2005|
|Cameroon||Richard Wildash||July 2002|
|Canada||David Reddaway||August 2003|
|Cyprus||Peter Millett||June 2005|
|Dominica (NR)||John White|
|Fiji||Charles Mochan||December 2002|
|The Gambia||Eric Jenkinson||December 2002|
|Ghana||Gordon Wetherell||March 2004|
|Grenada (NR)||John White|
|Guyana||Stephen Hiscock||August 2002|
|India||Sir Michael Arthur||October 2003|
|Jamaica||Jeremy Cresswell||July 2005|
|Kenya||Adam Wood||July 2005|
|Kiribati (NR)||Charles Mochan|
|Lesotho (NR)||Right hon. Paul Boateng (Resident South Africa)||August 2005|
|Malawi||David Pearey||November 2004|
|Malaysia||Bruce Cleghorn||November 2001|
|Maldives (NR)||Stephen Evans|
(Resident Sri Lanka)
|Malta||Vincent Fean||September 2002|
|Mauritius||Anthony Godson||November 2004|
|Mozambique||Howard Parkinson||December 2003|
|Namibia||Alasdair MacDermott||April 2002|
|Nauru (NR)||Charles Mochan|
|New Zealand||Richard Fell||December 2001|
|Nigeria||Richard Gozney||June 2004|
|Pakistan||Mark Lyall Grant||May 2003|
|Papua New Guinea||David Gordon-Macleod||November 2003|
|Samoa (NR)||Richard Fell|
|Seychelles||Diana Skingle||July 2004|
|Sierra Leone||John Mitchiner||August 2003|
|Singapore||Alan Collins||December 2002|
|Solomon Islands||Richard Lyne||November 2004|
|South Africa||Right hon. Paul Boateng||August 2005|
|Sri Lanka||Stephen Evans||August 2002|
|St. Kitts and Nevis (NR)||John White|
|St. Lucia (NR)||John White|
|St. Vincent and The Grenadines (NR)||John White|
|Swaziland (NR)||Right hon. Paul Boateng (Resident South Africa)||August 2005|
|Tanzania||Dr. Andrew Pocock||October 2003|
|Tonga||Paul Nessling||January 2002|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Ron Nash||January 2004|
|Tuvalu (NR)||Charles Mochan (Resident Fiji)||December 2002|
|Uganda||(Jean) Francois Gordon||July 2005|
|Vanuatu||Joel Watson (Acting High Commissioner) (High Commissioner departed August 2005. Post due to close February 2006)||August 2005|
|Zambia||Alistair Harrison||August 2002|
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