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Waste Efficiency

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the potential savings identified were in the report on waste efficiency savings in the London market jointly commissioned by her Department and the Greater London Authority; and what steps she plans to take to achieve these savings. [51829]

Mr. Bradshaw: The report into waste efficiency savings in the London market jointly commissioned by Defra and the Greater London Authority identified efficiency savings of potentially £44.9 million for 2007–08 and £104.9 million for 2009–10.

Plans to achieve these savings will be agreed with the GLA and stakeholders when the current review of the powers and responsibilities of the Mayor of London and the GLA is complete and in this regard, the Department expects to see a final package of measures for announcement in March 2006.

Wildlife Management/TB

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the public consultation on wildlife management and related TB issues. [52291]

Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement given on 15 December 2005, Official Report, columns 165–66WS, and the Debate on 15 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1442–49.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the nature of measures supported under the European programme for critical infrastructure protection; and what the treaty base is for such measures. [52566]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: Under the UK presidency of the EU, we agreed a set of principles for critical infrastructure protection. The Commission produced a Green Paper on the subject at the end of 2005, which is the focus of ongoing discussion between the
 
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Commission and experts from member states. Until there are concrete proposals, we cannot comment on the treaty base for a future programme.

Foreign Travel (Health and Safety)

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have died abroad as a result of accidental death or dismemberment in each of the last 20 years. [51543]

Dr. Howells: Our records only go back to 1994 and the following table shows the number of accidental death cases of UK citizens handled by consular staff since then. We do not collect statistics on dismemberment.
Number
1994384
1995360
1996373
1997344
1998369
1999358
2000310
2001270
2002260
2003–04295
2004–05389

Gibraltar

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Gibraltar on representation of the people of Gibraltar in the UK Parliament; and if he will make a statement. [51382]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: My right. hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not had any recent discussions with the Government of Gibraltar on the representation of the people of Gibraltar in the UK Parliament.

The hon. Member may also wish to refer to my reply of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1449W, which explains the Government's position on overseas territories' representation in Westminster and EU Parliaments.

Iran

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iran regarding respect for human rights. [52184]

Dr. Howells: We remain deeply concerned at human rights violations in Iran, and discuss our concerns frequently with the Iranian authorities, at both ministerial and official level. Senior officials most recently discussed human rights concerns with the Iranian Charge d'Affaires in London on 17 January, 24 January and 8 February; the British ambassador in Tehran did so when he met Deputy Foreign Minister Jalili on 4 January; and the Austrian Foreign Minister did so on behalf of the European Union when she spoke to her Iranian counterpart on 14 February. My right
 
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hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised human rights concerns with Iranian interlocutors on several occasions last year.

Iraq

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received about the health of former Iraqi Foreign Secretary, Tariq Aziz; what consideration is being given to his release; and if he will make a statement. [45955]

Dr. Howells: Tariq Aziz is being held in Iraqi custody in Iraq. It is a matter for the Iraqi authorities if or when he may be released. We understand that he has complained of ill health and is receiving medical treatment.

Israel/Palestine

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government continues to recognise the pre-1967 Green Line as the international border of the State of Israel. [52343]

Dr. Howells: We believe that it is for the parties to determine their permanent borders through mutual agreement in accordance with the road map. Under Phase III of the road map, both parties will determine their permanent borders through mutual agreement. Final status issues can only be resolved through negotiations and agreement between the parties themselves.

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs concerning the introduction by Israel of additional movement restrictions on Palestinians in the Jordan Valley; and what representations he is making to the Government of Israel on the subject. [52710]

Dr. Howells: We are concerned about the additional movement restrictions in the Jordan Valley just as we are concerned about free movement issues elsewhere. Israel has a right to protect its citizens from terrorist attack but also a duty to ensure the effect of its security measures on the Palestinian population are minimised. We will continue to raise this concern at all levels with the Israeli Government. In addition to this, we seconded a senior British Army officer to work with the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Quartet Special Envoy James Wolfensohn's team to examine ways of improving freedom of movement in the West Bank.

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of UN resolutions 194 and 242 on the rights of Palestinian refugees; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the rights of Palestinian refugees are both respected and incorporated in future peace negotiations. [52369]

Dr. Howells: We believe that the roadmap is the best way forward to secure a peaceful settlement in the Middle East. In phase three of the roadmap, the parties
 
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are to reach a final and comprehensive permanent status agreement that includes an agreed, just, fair and realistic solution to the refugee issue".

Kyrgyzstan

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to support good governance, stability and the transition to democracy in Kyrgyzstan. [52186]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave to him on 10 January 2006, Official Report, column 465W.

I met the Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Djekshenkulov on 1 February and reiterated our support for good governance, stability and democratic reform in Kyrgyzstan, including through the project work of the Department for International Development (DFID) office in Bishkek. On 31 January my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DFID, Gareth Thomas, was able to deliver similar messages to Foreign Minister Djekshenkulov.

The Ambassador and his team based in Almaty have been to Kyrgyzstan four times since the turn of the year and met various members of the Kyrgyz Government, including President Bakiev and Foreign Minister Djekshenkulov, as well as non-governmental organisations and other members of civil society. We will continue to work closely with other international partners and donors, including the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, US AID, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank to ensure the effectiveness of our respective programmes and the continuity of our messages on democratic reform, good governance and stability.


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