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The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. Jack Straw): On 26 October, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran addressed a conference in Tehran on "A World Without Zionism". In his speech, he is reported to have called for "Israel to be wiped from the map", and said that "the Islamic world will not let its historic enemy live in its heartland", "the new wave of (attacks) in Palestine . . . will erase this stigma from the Islamic world" and that "anybody who recognises Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury".
As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in his press conference at the European Council at Hampton Court on 27 October, these sentiments are completely unacceptable. I welcome the clear condemnation by the United Nations Security Council on 28 October and the statement by the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, expressing his dismay. They have spoken for the world. Israel is a long-standing member of the United Nations with the same rights and obligations as every other. Under the United Nations Charter, Iran, like other members of the organisation, has undertaken to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.
Mr Annan has also said he intends to place at the top of his agenda when he visits Iran in the next few weeks the Middle East Peace Process and the right of all states in the area to live in peace within secure and recognised boundaries free from threats or acts offered. I welcome that.
"EU leaders meeting at Hampton Court today condemned in the strongest terms the comments in respect of the State of Israel attributed to President Ahmedinejad of Iran. Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community.
Such comments will cause concern about Iran's role in the region, and its future intentions. The fact that these comments were made on the same day as a horrific attack on Israeli civilians should reinforce the lesson that incitement to violence, and the terrorism that it breeds, are despicable and unacceptable acts. For its part, the EU remains committed to a solution to the Arab-Israeli dispute based on the principle of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. It urges all parties in the region to do their utmost to bring that vision to fulfilment".
In addition, on 27 October, the Foreign Office summoned the Iranian Chargé d'Affaires in London on behalf of the European Union to protest at the remarks. Many of our European partners and other countries have done likewise.
We welcome too the international community's forthright condemnation, and their reaffirmation of the right of Israel to exist. We welcome particularly the statements by officials of the Palestinian Authority and other governments in the region.
We remain profoundly concerned at Iran's links to groups trying to undermine peace in the Middle East through violence, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad which claimed responsibility for the horrific attack at Hadera in Israel on 26 October. The EU has said that Iran's policies towards the Middle East Peace Process and terrorism are among the factors it will consider when formulating its policy towards Iran.
President Ahmadinejad's remarks also underline the imperative for Iran to take steps to address international concerns about the intentions of its nuclear programme, and to provide objective guarantees that that programme is for solely peaceful purposes. We call on Iran to meet urgently and in full the requests of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors, to suspend fully all of its uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, and return to talks with the E3/EU on the basis of the Paris Agreement.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Ms Rosie Winterton): The Canadian Minister of Health, Ujjal Dosanjh, convened an international meeting of Ministers of Health in Ottawa on 2425 October to discuss global pandemic influenza readiness. I attended for the United Kingdom.
There was participation at the highest level from a number of UN and other international agencies dealing with various sectoral aspects of preparing for pandemic flu, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Bank, and the recently appointed UN Coordinator for pandemic influenza. The European Commission was also represented.
The purpose of the meeting was to raise the political priority attached to international collaboration in preparing for a human influenza pandemic, to stress the need for transparency between countries and institutions, and to give full support to the leading role of multilateral institutions.
A communiqué was agreed. A copy has been placed in the Library. It sets out in more detail the priority areas agreed on for further action, and lists some key current and forthcoming activities round the world. A list of all participating Ministers is attached to the communiqué.
There is a need to increase capacity for early detection, diagnosis and response, and for exchange of information between the agriculture and health sectors at the local, national and international levels;
The need to develop bio-security guidelines for the poultry sector to help farming communities ensure appropriate animal and public health standards for the raising, handling and transporting of potentially flu-bearing animals;
Ministers recognised the need to build capacity and plan in all countries, facilitated by appropriate national and international investments and resource sharing. But all stressed the need to work through and with multi-lateral organisations. In particular, they welcomed the upcoming WHO/FAO/World Bank meeting on avian and pandemic influenza in Geneva from 79 November, where many of the issues they managed to highlight in a relatively short meeting will be looked at further.
The meeting was successful in raising political awareness and commitment across all WHO regions of the need both for avian influenza control measures as well as the need to strengthen preparedness for pandemic influenza in humans.
Ministers noted a number of activities already ongoing or planned in regions around the world, and some additional activities were proposed, including a meeting next year of Regulatory Authorities to address common regulatory challenges to expedite vaccine registration and availability.
The Minister for Policing, Security and Community Safety (Hazel Blears):
I have today placed in the Library a copy of the draft Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 200405 (Amending Report 200506) and the draft Police Grant Report (England & Wales) 200506 (Amending Report 200506). Last year we laid before the House an Amending Report for 200304 to take account of changes to Office of National Statistics (ONS) population data. I also announced that there would be a further Amending Report for 200405 this year that would similarly take account of changes to ONS population data. The purpose of the 200506 Amending Report is to take account of adjustments to pensions' projections for Derbyshire and Lancashire used to determine 200506 pension allocations.
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The consultation period on the proposed Amending Reports will end on the same date as the consultation on proposals for the 200607 police and local government finance settlements to be put before Parliament later this year. This will allow local police authorities some additional time to consider the effects of the Amending
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Report in their budgeting proposals. My hon. Friend, the Minister for Local Government, will make a statement in due course about the Government's proposals for Local Government Finance in 200607. Authorities may wish to take this into account in considering their response to this consultation.
|Police Authority||200405 OriginalAllocation 1||200405 AmendedAllocation 1||Change between originaland amended 200405|
|English Shire forces|
|Avon & Somerset||162.2||162.2||0.0||0.0%|
|Devon & Cornwall||166.7||166.7||0.0||0.0%|
|English Metropolitan forces|
|City of London 2||106.6||106.6||0.0||0.0%|
|South Wales 3||168.2||168.3||0.1||0.0%|
|Police Authority||200506 OriginalAllocation 1||200506 AmendedAllocation 1||Change between originaland amended 200506|
|English Shire forces|
|Avon & Somerset||170.0||169.9||-0.1||-0.1%|
|Devon & Cornwall||173.0||173.0||0.0||0.0%|
|English Metropolitan forces|
|City of London 2||112.5||112.5||-0.1||0.0%|
|North Wales 3||78.3||78.0||-0.2||-0.3%|
|South Wales 3||174.5||174.6||0.1||0.0%|
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