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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the national roll-out of the intermediaries scheme for vulnerable witnesses will be implemented; and if he will make a statement. 
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the (a) area and (b) yield of this year's opium crop in the Helmand province; 
Dr. Howells: It is too early to provide accurate figures on the area and yield of this year's opium crop in Helmand Province. However, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) Rapid Assessment Survey of March 2006 suggests that following a 21 per cent. reduction in overall cultivation last year, planting may increase in 13 of Afghanistan's 32 provinces, including Helmand. Research commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has shown that in areas with better security, governance and access to resources, there may be further reductions this year.
Eradication was carried out in Helmand by the Afghan Government, at the request of and under the control of the Provincial Governor. The UNODC is currently in the process of verifying levels of eradication delivered, both in Helmand and in Afghanistan as a whole. Final figures for both eradication and cultivation should be available in the autumn. Eradication is a useful deterrent where there is access to legal livelihoods, tackling the drugs problem requires a range of activities including arresting and convicting the traffickers who profit from the trade, and putting in place the development programmes which enable fanners to move away from growing poppy. That is why the UK is spending £270 million over a three-year period on supporting the Government of Afghanistan's National Drug Control Strategy.
Dr. Howells: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently has 34 staff serving in Afghanistan. For reasons of personnel security and safety it is not possible to give details of locations or specific functions of staff deployed in Afghanistan.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1448W, on Afghanistan, what progress the Afghan/UN/US forum in Kabul is making in respect of each of the five pillars of Security Sector Reform. 
The London conference on Afghanistan launched the Afghanistan Compact. This provides the framework for continued international engagement in Afghanistan over the next five years. The Joint
Co-ordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) was established by the Compact to co-ordinate the international effort more effectively and to measure progress against the benchmarks and timelines set out in the Compact. Consultative Groups focussing on the eight sectors and five cross-cutting themes covered in the Compact have met and will report to the next JCMBs meeting at the end of July.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated value is of central Government's stock of alcoholic beverages; and how many bottles of (a) wine, (b) beer, (c) spirits and (d) other alcoholic beverages are held by the Government. 
Mr. Hoon: Pursuant to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) the then Foreign Secretary to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs Villiers) on 17 March 2006, Official Report, columns 2529-30W. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is responsible for the administration of the Government hospitality wine cellar. The cellar contains a mixture of fine and beverage wines, spirits, liqueurs and beers. The current estimated value is approximately £674,000, based on cost price. The cellar contains just over 36,500 bottles, of which fewer than 300 are spirits and liqueurs. Beer is not held in large quantities and is bought on an ad hoc basis, depending on requirements.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterparts in the Balkan states on the way that the recent history of the region is taught in schools; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: Neither my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, nor I have yet raised this with our counterparts. However, education is part of the reform agenda that officials regularly discuss with Balkan states. We recognise the importance of this issue as a means to tackling inter-ethnic tension in the region. It is a vital element of longer-term stability. We have funded a range of projects to support this, including part funding the book 'Clio in the BalkansThe Politics of History Education'. Our Embassy in Sarajevo is also involved in supporting educational reform. 'Education and Youth' was the theme of our local EU presidency and the ambassador in Sarajevo has co- chaired the Education Reform Committee.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the European Union is providing to (a) Bulgaria and (b) Romania to strengthen the border security of those countries. 
The EU offers assistance to Romania and Bulgaria on strengthening border security through a range of projects designed to help both countries
comply with EU standards. In particular, through the European Commission's 2005 Phare programme, we have provided assistance to Romania to the value of €41 million for nine projects covering training and the provision of equipment, such as Upgrading the Surveillance Capacity of Romanian Border Police Special Surveillance Vehicles. Similar capacity building was provided to Bulgaria amounting to almost €17 million for Development of Centralised Information Systems and Introduction of EU Best Practices and Standards in the Field of Border Control. Many other EU projects on other aspects of accession preparations also touch on border security, e.g. customs, veterinary controls and police training.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Treasury and (b) the Cabinet Office regarding the pre-comprehensive spending review report; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has had and will continue to have wide ranging and regular discussions with my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary about preparations for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, as a matter of key importance to the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices medium and long term planning.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response her Department has made to the United States Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba's recent call for a democracy fund for Cuba. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department has (a) directly and (b) indirectly employed illegal immigrants as security guards. 
Mr. Hoon: Security guards at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) premises in the UK are employed indirectly via the contractor Pegasus Security. Pegasus Security has assured the FCO that illegal immigrants have not been employed as security guards at premises in the UK. Applicants must provide proof of British nationality during the recruitment process.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make it her policy to make copies of Deposited Papers available in (a) the Vote Office and (b) Printed Paper Office at the same time as copies are deposited in the Library; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) regularly deposits papers in the Libraries of the House for the reference of hon. Members and noble Lords. The FCO assesses the level of interest in the deposited paper and in cases where there is likely to be wide interest provides copies of the document to the Vote Office and Printed Paper Office accordingly,
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the work of the British embassy's drugs team in Kabul in co-ordinating anti-narcotics operations with International Security Assistance Force and the United States Operation Enduring Freedom. 
Dr. Howells: The Government of Afghanistan rather than the British embassy drugs team in Kabul is responsible for co-ordinating the counter narcotics campaign in Afghanistan. Afghan Ministries are also responsible for implementation of the campaign. Co-ordination of assistance takes place nationally via the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the Counter Narcotics Cabinet Sub-Committee, which brings together all relevant Ministries to oversee and monitor the implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS). With support from the British embassy drugs team in Kabul, the MCN also chairs a series of working groups to take forward detailed implementation planning for all aspects of the NDCS. International partners including the military take part in the working groups and structures are also in place to ensure Afghan counter narcotics law enforcement operations are co-ordinated and deconflicted with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and US Operation Enduring Freedom operations. As partner nation for counter narcotics, the UK continues to encourage international partners including all ISAF troop contributors to provide support to the Afghan counter narcotics campaign in line with the commitments identified in the Afghanistan Compact and with agreed ISAF policy.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 664W, on the Government wine cellar, how many bottles of wine are held in the Government wine cellar; what the latest
estimate is of the value of the collection; how much was spent on the Government wine cellar in 2005-06; how many staff work in the wine cellar; what their salaries are; and under what circumstances Ministers have access to the wine cellar. 
Mr. Hoon: As has been made clear in the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) today (UIN 82816) the Government Hospitality wine cellar contains just over 36,500 bottles. The most recent valuation, at the end of March 2006, placed on the stock is £674,000. In 2005-06, Government Hospitality spent a little over £95,000 on new stock for the cellar. The cellar is administered by Government Hospitality, under the guidance of the Government Hospitality Advisory Committee for the Purchase of Wine. Three civil servants assist in the administration of the cellar, among other duties. Ministers do not have access to the cellar; wines from the cellar are supplied to events hosted by Ministers as part of the service offered by Government Hospitality.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) Libya, (b) Tunisia and (c) Algeria on their plans to tackle illegal immigration from North Africa to Europe. 
Mr. Hoon: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not as yet had discussions with her counterparts in these countries. I raised migration with my Algerian counterpart when I visited on 7-8 June and my Libyan counterpart in Tripoli on 25-27 June.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring is being undertaken by the Government to ascertain whether components subject to an export licence which are supplied to a third country and were known either to be intended for re-export to Israel, or where there was a known risk of diversion to Israel, are being used in the military incursions by Israel into Gaza and the West Bank which commenced on 27 June; and what the results have been of any such monitoring. 
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 5 July 2006, Official Report, column1158W and the reply given to him by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign affairs, (Mr. McCartney) on 6 July 2006, Official Report, column 1340W. All licences, including for incorporation, are assessed against the consolidated criteria and prevailing circumstances at the time of application. This would include the risk that equipment could be diverted to an undesirable end-user or end-use.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date her Department received a letter from the Chancellor of the Exchequer informing her of the plans for his trip to Nigeria on 22 May 2006. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has (a) to encourage further peace talks at Abuja to try to resolve the Darfur crisis and (b) to make further appeals to the opponents of the Darfur Peace Agreement to sign up to the agreement. 
Mr. Hoon: We welcome the signature of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) on 5 May. We believe that if successfully implemented it will constitute a good basis for the resolution of the crisis in Darfur. Neither we nor the African Union envisage further talks at Abuja: reopening the text of the DPA would threaten the agreement that has been reached. We continue to urge all parties in Darfur to support the DPA and are pushing for its rapid implementation.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan of the continuing conflict in Darfur. 
Mr. Hoon: Continued conflict and instability in Darfur risks undermining the successful implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Sudan. And failure to implement fully and effectively the CPA risks exacerbating the conflict in Darfur. That is why the UK is doing ail it can to secure both peace in Darfur and rapid implementation of the CPA.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress she has made in persuading the unified Government of Sudan on the need for UN involvement; and what assessment she has made of the prospect for chapter 8 agreement. 
Mr. Hoon: Security Council Resolution 1679 called for a UN force for Darfur. The African Union (AU) reaffirmed its support for a UN force at its recent summit in the Gambia, President Bashir continues to oppose this. But, there are signs of different views within his Government on this issue. His own coalition partners, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, have said that they accept a UN force for Darfur, We will continue to urge the Government of Sudan to admit a UN force.
Chapter 8 of the UN charter provides for the UN to support peacekeeping operations by regional organisations. We believe that, even with substantial UN or other support, the current AU force in Darfur
would struggle to meet the substantial new demands placed on it by the Darfur Peace Agreement, and thus that full transition to a UN force needs to occur as soon as possible.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the objectives of organisations opposed to the Darfur Peace Agreement and (b) their treatment of (i) internally displaced peoples and (ii) their views on compensation to those affected by the conflict. 
Mr. Hoon: Abdul Wahids faction of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) refused to sign the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA). They asserted that the DPA provided insufficient representation for Darfuris in Government and insufficient compensation for those affected by the war. They have been rallying opposition to the DPA in the Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps.
We disagree. We believe that the DPA offers a good deal for the people of Darfur, including a say for the rebels in Government at the national and Darfur levels, and a substantial reconstruction package. If implemented properly, the DPA will provide the basis for the return of the IDPs to their homes. Those who oppose the DPA are delaying the day when such returns can take place.
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