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The aim and remit of the Board is to develop the Consular Strategy: In partnership, to investigate and debate the key challenges identified in that Strategy and the National Audit Office report on Consular Services, and to help Consular Directorate identify emerging trends and advise on potential difficulties of any proposed policies.
This group ceased operation on 30 January 2006 following Lord Carter's review of Public Diplomacy and was replaced by new Public Diplomacy Board, with the same status but different membership (see below).
Chair: Lord Triesman
The aim of the Public Diplomacy Board is to improve public diplomacy effectiveness by:
Setting the strategic direction of UK public diplomacy;
Monitoring and evaluating the outcomes;
Making recommendations on resource allocation.
Chair: Rob Macaire, Director of Consular Services
The Travel Advice Review Group (TARG) was set up at the request of my right hon. Friend the former Foreign Secretary (Mr. Straw) following completion of the Review of FCO Travel Advice in 2004. The group comprises mainly the stakeholders to the review, i.e. those from all walks of the travel and tourism industry as well as insurance, airlines, non-governmental organisations, the Confederation of British Industry and travel publications. The purpose of the TARG is to discuss issues relating to FCO travel advice that are of common interest.
Chair: Right hon. Lord Barnes CH
Members of the UK India Round Table are invited by my right hon. friend the Foreign Secretary to become members. Current members are:
Sir Tim Lankester
Bryan K. Sanderson CBE
Professor Dame Sandra Dawson DBE
Sir Mark Tully
Ms Patience Wheatcroft
Karan F. Bilimoria CBE DL
Dr Tidu Maini BSc ACGI DIG PhD
Members receive no remuneration apart from expenses.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role her Department has played in engaging the international community to provide additional support to the African Union force in Darfur; what progress has been made; and what contribution the UK has made to the provision of such support. 
Margaret Beckett: The UK has played a leading role in supporting the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS). We have committed £20 million for this financial year, bringing our total contribution to AMIS since its inception to £52 million. The money has provided vehicles, logistical support and other practical assistance.
We are also playing a leading role in efforts to secure further support for AMIS. We regularly lobby our EU and other international partners to provide additional assistance. The US, the EU and certain other donors have already made substantial contributions. We expect further pledges to be made at the forthcoming AMIS Donors Conference in Brussels on 18 July.
Mr. Hoon: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) treaty records, which began in 1835, list 6,826 bilateral and multilateral treaties to which the United Kingdom became party and which entered into force for the United Kingdom. The authoritative Index of British Treaties, published by HM Stationery Office in 1970, contains 1,498 such treaties for the period 1101 to 1835, thus giving a total of 8,324 treaties to-date.
This figure relates to treaties that have not been expressly terminated or otherwise recorded as no longer in force for the United Kingdom. FCO treaty records are held in electronic format and comprise both modern elements and information derived from 19th
century records. The number of treaties stated above is the most accurate figure possible based on the finding-aids available.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of why it was not possible to get an agreement on stricter controls at the UN Conference on Small Arms; what opportunities there are for revisiting this issue; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: It was very disappointing that the UN Small Arms Review Conference failed to agree an outcome document, particularly as the UK had succeeded in agreeing a consensus text on the need for work at the national, regional and global levels to strengthen transfer controls. Fortunately, as the achievement of a consensus text indicates, all countries now recognise the need to address the issue of transfer controls within the UN Programme of Action. Over 100 states at the Review Conference expressed support for strengthening transfer controls. The UK will continue to work with all states to build support for agreement on common guidelines for small arms and light weapons transfers, building on the progress made at regional level in the past three years under the UKs Transfer Controls Initiative. The UK is also keen to work with Canada on its proposal for an informal meeting of states in 2007 focused on transfer controls.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of (a) the failure rate of the BL755 cluster munition and (b) its reliability for use in combat situations; 
Information on the failure rate of the BL755 cluster bomb used by the RAF is collected during regular in-service surveillance trials. These trials are carried out by the Design Organisation (Lockheed Martin UK Insys Ltd.) on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
The results of these trials are used to confirm the reliability of the BL755 cluster bomb for operational use. Some analysis of the accuracy and performance of BL755 cluster bombs used during operations has been
undertaken; however, the reliability of individual weapons was not specifically addressed as part of this analysis.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force, (c) Army and (d) Defence Procurement Agency will meet the 2.5 per cent. reductions as part of the Ministry of Defences 2.5 per cent. departmental efficiency savings. 
Des Browne: The Ministry of Defences 2.5 per cent. efficiency savings target equates to a total of £2.8 billion of annual efficiency gains across the department by the end of the three-year Spending Review 2004 period. A breakdown of how the MOD intends to achieve this target can be found in the MOD efficiency technical note, which is published on the Departments website at www.mod.uk.
Mr. Watson: Information on all the illnesses reported by veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict while still serving is not held centrally, as the Ministry of Defence does not hold records of all medical conditions reported after an individual has left the services. The NHS is responsible for the health care of ex-service personnel but information on diagnoses does not differentiate Gulf veterans. For those Gulf veterans still serving, Defence Medical Services are responsible for providing treatment for all medical conditions. We do not, however, hold diagnostic information specific to the operations on which personnel were deployed.
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All medium and heavy lift helicopters in service in the Forward Fleet are owned by the Joint Helicopter Command. There are no medium and heavy lift
helicopters operated by the Army. In addition to the figures shown in the table, the Royal Navy operate 30 Sea King Mk 4 medium lift helicopters.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions Ministers in his Department have (a) met the bereaved families of British soldiers killed in Iraq and (b) visited in hospital British soldiers wounded in Iraq. 
Visited the Field Hospital at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq on 17 May 2005
Visited the Field Hospital at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq on 2 December 2005
Visited Headley Court and Royal College of Defence Medicine at Selly Oak on 20 January 2006
Visited the Field Hospital at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq on 18 March 2006
Visited the Field Hospital at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq on 18 May 2006
Visited the Field Hospital at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq on 6-9 March 2005
Visited Royal College of Defence Medicine at Selly Oak on 14 June 2005
Visited 7th Armoured Brigade in Germany on 8-9 May 2006
Visited Headley Court on 10 July 2006
Visited the Field Hospital at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq on 7 July 2005
Visited Royal College of Defence Medicine at Selly Oak on 18 November 2005
Visited Royal College of Defence Medicine at Selly Oak on 21 February 2005
Visited Royal College of Defence Medicine at Selly Oak on 8 September 2005
Visited Royal College of Defence Medicine at Selly Oak on 16 June 2006
For details of visits prior to those above, I refer the hon. Member to an answer given by my predecessor, the then Secretary of State for Defence, on 2 February 2005, Official Report, column 899W, to the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart).
Relatives of personnel killed in Iraq have also met the Defence Secretary at a repatriation ceremony at RAF Lyneham on 8 February 2005 and at a Remembrance Service at Salisbury Cathedral on 20 May 2005. The Minister for the Armed Forces attended a repatriation ceremony on 18 May 2006 at RAF Brize Norton.
In addition to the specific visits identified above, Ministers have on numerous occasions visited personnel in Iraq and in the UK once they have returned from operational duty. On some of these
occasions, Ministers will have met with personnel and their families. As it was not the main focus of these visits, the exact details have not been recorded.
Mr. Ingram: The armed forces hold sufficient stocks of clothing to meet their requirements as determined by Defence Planning Assumptions. Any surplus clothing (e.g. due to a change in the requirement) is disposed of through the Disposals Services Agency. Information on surplus clothing stock levels is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Des Browne: Vector is the name of the programme to buy a new, Pinzgauer based, protected patrol vehicle to supplement the current Land Rover Snatch vehicle. The programme is on contract for delivery of vehicles in 2007. The key performance requirements for Vector are improved mobility, payload and capacity compared to Snatch. We do not comment on levels of armour protection, as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the security of our armed forces.
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