Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 8 November 2006

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Adapted Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the position is on the proposal for an Adapted Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty; and if she will make a statement. [100435]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Afghanistan

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 30 October 2006, Official Report, column 242W, on Afghanistan, what measures the Pakistan President indicated would be taken to deal with the Taliban and reduce the level of activity across the border into Afghanistan. [100420]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the Action Plan for Peace, Reconciliation and Justice in Afghanistan; and whether she expects the programme to meet commitments set out in the Afghanistan Compact. [100437]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been received from the Pakistan Government on steps to secure the Pakistan-Afghanistan border; and what UK assistance is being considered. [100438]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the last annual review under the terms of the Enduring Relationship Declaration between the UK and Afghanistan took place; what the findings of the review were; and what priorities were agreed for the next period. [100439]


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Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Cluster Munitions

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she plans to call for a ban on cluster munitions at the Conference on Certain Conventional Weapons. [100427]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department’s human rights monitors have made of the use of cluster bombs; why those used in the Lebanon-Israel conflict were not referred to in her Department’s Human Rights Annual Report 2006; if she will ensure that such a reference is included in the next report; and if she will make a statement. [100456]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Cuba

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place between her Department’s officials and officials from the US Administration about Cuba. [100412]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

EU Member States (Visa Requirements)

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with the relevant departments of the Governments of (a) other European Union states and (b) candidate states for admission to the European Union on the visa requirements for entry of (i) British subjects and (ii) British citizens; [92771]

(2) which (a) nations within the European Union and (b) candidate states for entry to the European Union apply different visa requirements for (i) British subjects and (ii) British citizens. [92768]

Mr. Byrne: I have been asked to reply.

There are no visa requirements for British citizens or British subjects who fall under Article 17 of the EC Treaty who wish to travel to countries in the EU. However, all the EU member states (excluding the UK) impose visa requirements on certain British nationals who do not fall under this definition. This depends on the category of passport they hold (e.g. British Overseas Citizen passport or British Protected Persons passport) and the length of stay in a member state.

With regard to the candidate countries wishing to join the European Union (Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey), only Turkey requires British citizens or
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subjects as defined under Article 17 of the EC Treaty to obtain a visa. All candidate countries currently impose visa requirements on certain British nationals depending on the category of passport they hold.

The Government have participated in discussions with all EU member states, Bulgaria and Romania as part of negotiations on a European Commission proposal to amend the Common Visa List. The Common Visa List applies to Schengen participants that implement the Schengen visa provisions (this excludes the UK and the Republic of Ireland). The current proposals would give British Nationals (Overseas) visa-free access, but would retain the visa requirement for certain other categories of British national (namely British Overseas Citizens and British Protected Persons). We will keep Parliament informed of progress on negotiations.

Iraq

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether reports produced by the International Tax and Investment Centre have been forwarded by (a) the UK’s Ambassador to Iraq and (b) his office to (i) Ministers in the Iraqi government and (ii) the Coalition Provisional Authority since March 2003; and if she will make a statement. [100404]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department’s position is on the proposed extradition to Iran of the Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf, South East Baghdad; and if she will make a statement. [100405]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates since March 2003 (a) the UK's Ambassador to Iraq and (b) her officials have met International Tax and Investment Centre representatives; what subjects were discussed; and if she will make a statement. [100407]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Israel

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Israel on its military incursions in Gaza; and if she will make a statement. [100389]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


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Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to (a) the Prime Minister of Israel and (b) the Palestinian President on the military offensive in Gaza; and if she will make a statement. [100454]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Lebanon

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 2046-47W, on Lebanon, what equipment requirements for the Lebanese armed forces have been identified; and if she will make a statement. [100424]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decisions have been taken following the discussions held in Paris, Rome, Brussels, Beirut, Washington and New York on security sector reform in Lebanon; and if she will make a statement. [100436]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Maldives

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Maldives authorities about the policing of peaceful protests; and if she will make a statement. [100408]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

NAO Report

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, on receipt of the National Audit Office’s report into the use by the Foreign Office of public funds in relation to the management of staff including the handling of grievance-type issues, she will (a) publish the report on her Department’s intranet site and (b) forward a copy to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. [100416]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Palestinian Authorities

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 31 October 2006, Official Report, column 379W, on the Palestinian Authorities, in what fora the United States
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security co-ordinator’s plans to deliver tangible improvements in the day-to-day lives of Palestinians will be reported; what the plans involve; and when they are expected to be implemented. [100421]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Parliamentary Questions

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will reply before the end of the session to questions (a) 95746, (b) 95747, (c) 95777, (d) 95748, (e) 95749 and (f) 95754, on Iraq, tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock on 18 and 19 October; and what the reasons are for the delay in replying. [100431]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Rosneft

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government’s policy is on the flotation of the Russian oil company Rosneft on the London Stock Exchange; and if she will make a statement. [84838]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Salah Gosh

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visa arrangements have been granted by the UK to Salah Gosh, head of the Sudanese National Intelligence Service, over the last 12 months; and on what dates he has been admitted to the UK. [100415]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Sanctions Regimes

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 November 2006, on sanctions regimes, why EU sanctions against Uzbekistan were omitted from the list. [100446]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Sudan

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 10 July 2006, Official Report, column 1530W, on Sudan, what progress has been made in the extension of the UN arms embargo to cover the whole of the Sudan; and if she will make a statement. [100419]


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Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Syria

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she expects to take as a result of her representative's recent visit to Syria; and if she will make a statement. [100455]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

US Iraq Study Group

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has been invited to make a submission to the US Iraq Study Group. [100390]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has made a submission to the US Iraq Study Group Inquiry. [100391]

Mr. McCartney: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Constitutional Affairs

Correspondence

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs why the Lord Chancellor did not reply substantively before 2 October to the letters from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight dated 25 July and 25 August. [100341]

Ms Harman: The Lord Chancellor received the letters and papers in this matter in September and replied to the hon. Member on 2 October. He said in that letter that officials would make further enquiries of the original Advisory Committee, about the investigation that it carried out.

Complaints of personal misconduct against Magistrates are handled in the first instance by the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committees. Those committees carry out their own investigations and make recommendations to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice where they conclude that some form of disciplinary sanction is required. The hon. Member for the Isle of Wight has raised questions about a particular case involving such a complaint which was raised by one of his constituents, where a substantive reply was not sent by the Lord Chancellor until 2 October 2006, despite reminders being sent in July and August.


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