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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to satisfy himself of the appropriate use of British-made arms equipment in West Papua; and if he will end the granting of licences for arms exports to Indonesia. 
Ian Pearson: We follow up any credible allegations that British supplied military equipment has been used for human rights abuses. All export licence applications, including those for Indonesia, are rigorously assessed on a case by case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria taking account of the circumstances prevailing at the time.
Mr. Douglas Alexander: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will not attend the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong (1318 December). He will be at the European Council in Brussels on 15 and 16 December.
The UK delegation at Hong Kong will be led by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Alan Johnson), whose Department leads on trade issues within the Government. He will be accompanied by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Margaret Beckett), my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development (Hilary Benn) and my hon. Friend the Minister for Trade (Ian Pearson). Representatives from a number of Select Committees of the House, will be part of the UK
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delegation. The Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress and development non governmental organisations will also be represented.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department became aware that the Bulgarian authorities at the beginning of September had intercepted a truck travelling from the UK to Iran containing zirconium silicate; when other United Kingdom authorities were alerted to this event; what the subsequent involvement of his Department in the investigation was; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: The truck was stopped on 31 August by the Bulgarian authorities. This was reported in the Bulgarian press on 2 September. Our embassy in Sofia informed the relevant authorities in London on 7 September. We arranged for the carrying out of necessary checks and confirmed on 28 October that the cargo was legitimate. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office therefore had no further involvement.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the 10 largest amounts of damages paid out by her Department in the last year for which figures are available, indicating in each case the nature of the claim. 
|Reason for payment||Type of payment||Date||Value (£)|
|Court Service was alleged to have maladministered a case in which these costs arosedelay in payments from CFO, interest for delay, cost of solicitors to pursue the matter||Costs||14 September 2004||18,910.00|
|Maladministration of claimweak arguments and adjourned hearingsled to additional loss/costs. Court lost Judge's notebook||Compensation||26 May 2004||15,922.71|
|Court failed to serve interim 3rd party debt order which led to successful maladministration order||Compensation and costs||8 July 2004||9,664,08|
|Strick liability arising out an accident in a lift which was properly maintained||Injury compensation||9 November 2004||9,644.00|
|Costs arose as a result of pursuing an appeal on behalf of clients. Failure to serve notice into court meant wrong courses of action taken||Compensation (fees)||20 May 2004||7,905.35|
|Worcester Combined Court Centre made errors in handling the case which resulted in the order||Wasted costs order||11 February 2005||7,413.21|
|Alleged poor investment decisions. Would not agree on inherent risk in the market. Payment is to dispose of potential litigation and costs||Special payment for the ex-sultan of Zanzibar due to loss of interest||16 March 2005||6,786.73|
|Delay in appeal being heard. Court did not get transcripts in time for the hearing. Appeal order was delayed||Costs||17 December 2004||6,323.84|
|The Department disputed some of the solicitors costs arising in this case||Compensation for wrongful imprisonment||24 June 2004||6,071.57|
|The caseworker failed to keep the Inland Revenue informed of the position regarding the administration of the estate||Liability for interest and penalties late payment of CGT||4 March 2005||4,552.38|
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what (a) land and (b) property her Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if she will make a statement. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the good practice guidance published by the Magistrates' Association and the Justices' Clerks Society in 1999 on the demand/needs test for licensing applications. 
I am arranging for a copy of the 2001 updated version of the Justices' Clerks' Society good practice guide to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. This guidance relates to the Licensing Act 1964 which was repealed on 24 November 2005.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish the report commissioned by her Department into the public defender service; and if she will make a statement. 
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