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Edward Miliband: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor my right hon. Friend the Member for North-West Durham (Hilary Armstrong) to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk) on 21 June 2007, O fficial Report, columns 2048-49W. Information relating to Ministers overseas travel for 2006-07 was published on 25 July 2007 and is available in the Libraries of the Houses for the reference of Members.
Provision of services to deliver two Policy Collaborative events to collate views of victims of volume crime and gain an understanding of what victims of volume crime want from the criminal justice system and compare their perceptions of a quality service with existing plans to reform the criminal justice system.
Since 1997, the Cabinet Office has made 17 payments to Opinion Leader Research at a total value of £194,000. All contracts were awarded following a competitively tendered process. None of these payments were made in the past 12 months.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) of 2 July 2007, Official Report, columns 901-02W, on departments: vacancies, whether the Government Communication Network website previously listed on its public website jobs for Government communicators and other civil servants that were not open to the public. 
Edward Miliband: The Government Communication Network website only ever listed jobs which were open to the public on the public part of the website. Vacancies which were only open to Government communicators and other civil servants were listed on the password protected part of the sitewhich was only open to civil servants. Therefore there has been no change to what job vacancies members of the public can see.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) bowsers and (b) portaloos the public sector has access to for utilising in a national emergency situation; whether there are plans to increase those numbers; and if he will make a statement. 
The Public sector does not have access to a specific number of bowsers and portaloos but each water company holds a stock of emergency equipment. Mutual aid arrangements exist between water companies to provide bowsers and other equipment to a water company that is dealing with an emergency. These arrangements can be further augmented, if necessary, with equipment from the public and private sectors.
Portaloos and other sanitary equipment can be sourced by a variety of means including local authorities and private contractors when necessary.
The review announced by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 12 July will consider whether or not the existing arrangements for the provision of such items are adequate and make recommendations for improvement where necessary.
Phil Hope: The redesign of the Futurebuilders logo cost £6,500. The redesign was part of a wider strategy by Futurebuilders England to improve brand awareness and understanding of the fund to its key audiences. It was launched by Futurebuilders England on 1 January 2007.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library all papers concerning the seminar at Downing Street in February 2002 to discuss the future of IT in the NHS. 
The constitutional concept has been abandoned.
15. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in negotiations in the intergovernmental conference on the proposed EU reform treaty. 
19. Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government policy is on the conduct of a national referendum on the proposed treaty changing the constitutional arrangements of the European Union; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The UK has only ever held one national referendum, which was in 1975. We will seek parliamentary ratification of this Reform Treaty. In doing so we shall adopt a similar approach to that adopted by the Governments of Tony Blair, Sir John Major and Baroness Thatcher.
13. Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met his Portuguese counterpart to discuss issues relating to British holiday-makers in that country. 
Political progress, particularly on national reconciliation, is critical to improving the situation in Iraq. I welcome the agreements reached at the leaders conference in Baghdad in August and the emphasis Prime Minister Maliki gave to reconciliation in his recent speech at the UN General Assembly. We
are urging the Iraqis to maintain positive momentum and ensure practical follow-up.
Meg Munn: We welcome the regulations implemented by the Chinese Government on 1 January to relax restrictions on foreign journalists in China. At the last round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, the Chinese Government confirmed the regulations applied in Tibet. We are concerned, however, that like all visitors to Tibet, journalists must still seek permission to enter the region from the local authorities and will continue to raise this with China.
Meg Munn: The situation in Zimbabwe is appalling. That is why my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is clear he will not attend an EU-Africa summit in Europe with President Mugabe. That is also why we are working for change by giving up to £40 million in humanitarian aid a year; maintaining international pressure on the regime; and supporting those working in Zimbabwe for democratic change.
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has a regular dialogue with his American
counterpart. As both my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have said repeatedly, our relationship with the United States will continue to be the single most important bilateral relationship for the United Kingdom. Our discussions with the US Administration take place within this very clear context.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment the Government have made of heroin and poppy production in areas of Afghanistan (a) not controlled by the Taliban and (b) under the control of the Allies; 
Dr. Howells: The Government do not carry out independent assessments of the heroin and poppy production in Afghanistan. Poppy cultivation figures are measured by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The figures do not take into account the control of land on which poppy is cultivated. Nor has there been a study defining locations of heroin laboratories on land inside or outside of government control. But there is a clear link between poppy cultivation and insecurity, shown by the fact that over 75 per cent. cultivation takes place in the least secure southern provinces. In the more secure central and northern regions, cultivation generally appears to be decreasing or stabilising. The number of poppy free provinces has increased from six in 2006 to 13 in 2007, demonstrating that where the integrated approach set out in the government of Afghanistan's national drug control strategy can be brought to bear, it is delivering results.
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who represented the UK at the conference held in Afghanistan on 29 August 2007 on counternarcotics; whether there will be any change in the ISAF counternarcotic strategy as a result of the conference; and if he will make a statement. 
The International Security Assistance Force is providing increasing support to the Afghan Counter Narcotics effort. Recently this has included help with this year's pre-planting campaign and support to Afghan law enforcement and interdiction operations.
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