Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Chinese authorities on the persecution of the Falun Gong community; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McCartney: The Government regularly raises with the Chinese government reports of the harassment and arbitrary detention of Falun Gong practitioners, and did so at the most recent round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, held in London on 5 February 2007 which I participated in.
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the Republic of South Africa on nuclear weapons proliferation. 
Dr. Howells: Senior officials discuss proliferation issues with representatives of the Republic of South Africa frequently; in Geneva (at the Conference on Disarmament), Vienna (at the International Atomic Energy Agency), New York (at the UN), as well as through our High Commission in Pretoria.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her Department has made to the Government of the Peoples Republic of China on human rights in Tibet. 
Mr. McCartney: We regularly raise our concerns on human rights in Tibet with the Chinese Government. We did this most recently at the 15(th) round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, which took place in London on 5 February 2007 which I participated in.
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Departments interpretation is of the phrase at an early date in Article 6 of the Treaty on the non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. 
pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to the cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date....
While it is not possible to define precisely the timescale implied by the phrase at an early date, we would note with regard to the cessation of the nuclear arms race that, since the end of the Cold War, the worlds major nuclear arsenals have been significantly reduced.
The UK maintains only a minimum nuclear deterrent. Following the implementation of our December 2006 White Paper on the Future of the UK Nuclear Deterrent, we will have reduced our nuclear arsenal to 160 operationally available warheads: a reduction of 75 per cent. since the end of the Cold War. The largest nuclear stockpiles, those of the US and Russia, also continue to reduce significantly, for example under the terms of the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty.
We will continue to press for multilateral negotiations toward mutual, balanced and verifiable reductions in nuclear weapons and to work towards total elimination of our own nuclear arsenal and all others.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 719W, on Departmental Expenditure, what the costs of travel and subsistence were for (a) HM Customs and Revenue, (b) the Royal Mint and (c) the Office for National Statistics in each year between 1997-8 and 2003-04. 
John Healey: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 321W. The amount within that total for redesign could now be provided only at disproportionate cost due to a change of accounting system in 2002-03.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance, in addition to the code of conduct, has been issued to special advisers in his Department in relation to party political activities in the last six months. 
John Healey: Special advisers are issued with the special advisers code of conduct and civil service code on appointment, and central guidance is provided in the run up to devolved, local and general elections and in the run up to party conference.
John Healey: The Treasury's staff handbook is published on the Department's intranet and is designed as an electronic document to facilitate regular updating. It is not available in hard copy because of the practical difficulties of keeping the information up to date.
John Healey: The Treasury does not provide training courses for Ministers. Treasury staff can attend a range of courses provided within the Department and externally, depending on their training needs.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions regarding the Welfare Review being conducted by David Freud. 
Dawn Primarolo: Treasury Ministers and officials discuss a wide range of issues with their colleagues in other Departments as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such discussions.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) seminars, (b) workshops and (c) exhibitions which were sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last two years; and what the (i) purpose, (ii) date and (iii) cost was of each. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total number of electors was in (a) December 2005 and (b) December 2006 in each constituency in the UK, ranked in descending order by region according to the difference between 2005 and 2006. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question concerning what the total number of electors was for each constituency in the UK in (a) December 2005 and (b) December 2006, ranked in descending order by region according to the difference between 2005 and 2006. (118521)
Data for the 1 December 2005, are the latest data available. For these 2005 data I refer you to the Official Report, 30 January, volume 456, number 36, column 228. These statistics can also be downloaded from: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product .asp?vlnk=319. Data for 1 December 2006 will be published at this web-address on 22 February 2007.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what percentage of foreign direct investment into the UK in each year since 2000 was as a result of foreign takeovers of UK companies. (121948)
|Percentage of foreign direct investment into the UK as a result of foreign takeovers of UK companies, 2000-05|
|Total foreign direct investment in the UK||Net foreign direct investment in UK equity capital||Per cent. of inward direct investment||Net inward mergers and acquisitions of UK companies||Per cent. of inward direct investment|
Total foreign direct investment is published quarterly in the UK Balance of Payments First Release as is net foreign direct investment in UK equity capital. Net inward mergers and acquisitions is published in the quarterly Mergers and Acquisitions First Release.
Net foreign direct investment in UK equity capital comprises purchases less sales of equity capital greater than 10 per cent of a companys ordinary shares. Mergers and acquisitions comprise purchases less sales of equity capital where total share ownership becomes more or less than 50 per cent. of a companys ordinary shares.
Figures in the table above have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
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