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EU Finance

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the objectives are of (a) the EU Growth Adjustment Fund and (b) the EU Global Adjustment Fund; from which part of the EU budget each fund is financed; how much of the financing of each fund will be made by the UK; what proportion of each fund will be spent in the UK; and if he will make a statement. [31570]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The objectives of the Growth Adjustment Fund, which the Commission proposed in February last year, are set out in the Government's explanatory memorandum on COM(2004)101, available in the Library of the House. It is no longer under active discussion.

The objectives of the Globalisation Adjustment Fund, which the Commission proposed in October this year, are set out in the Commission's MEMO/05/386, which has also been made available in the Library of the House. The details of how any such fund would operate or be financed are being discussed with all EU partners, and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will update Parliament on progress in due course.

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposal for a growth adjustment fund proposed in COM(2004) 101; on what occasions the proposal came before (a) the Committee of Permanent Representatives, (b) the Council of the European Union and (c) the European Council; whether the Government (i) supported and (ii) opposed the proposal at each occasion it came before these institutions; and if he will make a statement. [31572]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Government's position on the Commission's proposals of February last year, including the Growth Adjustment Fund, remains that set out in its explanatory memorandum on COM(2004)101 and COM(2004)487, available in the
 
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Library of the House, The Government have taken this position in all fora in which the EU budget for 2007–2013 has been discussed. My right hon. Friend, the Foreign Secretary, will update Parliament in due course on progress in the negotiations.

Foreign Decorations

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the criteria are for allowing (a) current and (b) former service personnel to (i) accept and (ii) wear medals offered by foreign governments in respect of past campaigns. [30618]

Mr. Straw [holding answer 21 November 2005]: The criteria for considering whether foreign awards and decorations may be accepted and worn are contained in the Rules Governing the Accepting and Wearing of Foreign Orders, Decorations and Medals by Citizens of the United Kingdom and Her Overseas Territories. I set out as follows the Rules and will place copies in the Library of the House. In addition, the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals is currently considering a paper from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office relating to a review of the rules.

Rules governing the acceptance and wearing of Foreign Orders, Decorations and Medals by citizens of the United Kingdom and her overseas territories

These rules set out the circumstances under which a citizen of the United Kingdom or her overseas territories (UK citizen") may be granted The Sovereign's permission to accept and wear an Order, Decoration or Medal (foreign award") conferred by a Head of State or Government of a foreign country. Head of Government of a Commonwealth country of which The Sovereign is not Head of State and certain international organisations (collectively referred to as foreign state").

Principles

Permission

Application

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Guidelines


 
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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on ex-service personnel (a) receiving and (b) wearing the campaign medal being offered by the Government of Malaysia. [30619]

Mr. Straw [holding answer 21 November 2005]: The offer by the Government of Malaysia to present the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal, a commemorative rather than a campaign medal, is being considered by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals under the Government's rules governing the accepting and wearing of Foreign Awards, Decorations and Medals by British citizens. The Committee is also reviewing these rules.


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