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Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are expected to require additional language training as a result of the decision to increase the number of UK diplomats in the Middle East and South Asia by 30 per cent.; and if he will make a statement. 
We will provide training for staff going to the Middle East and South Asia in languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Urdu wherever there is an operational requirement. We do not yet know precisely how many staff will require this. It will depend on a range of factors, including the location, role and existing language skills of each officer.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals (a) are serving life sentences and (b) have been sentenced to death and are imprisoned in prisons overseas. 
Meg Munn: As at 31 December 2007, British consular officials were aware of 2,419 British nationals detained overseas. We do not compile separate statistics on those detainees serving life sentences. We provide the same consular assistance regardless of sentence.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are currently in prison overseas; and what estimated proportion of these cases relate to (a) violent crime and (b) drugs offences. 
Meg Munn: As at 31 December 2007, British consular officials were aware of 2,419 British nationals detained overseas. We do not keep statistics on the numbers of British nationals detained for violent crime.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of nuclear safety and security in Pakistan; and whether he has raised the matter with his Pakistani counterpart. 
David Miliband: We continue to monitor closely issues of nuclear safety and security within Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan has recently given the UK assurances about the security around its nuclear installations.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in Somalia on peace and stability in the Horn of Africa. 
The UK is working with the international community and the UN to encourage the development of government institutions in Somalia that will enable the authorities to develop the capacity to tackle insecurity in Somalia and reduce the risk to neighbouring countries.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking with its international partners to improve the monitoring of the human rights situation in Somalia. 
Meg Munn: The Government attach great importance to the protection of human rights. In Somalia, the security situation means that monitoring the human rights situation and gathering reliable information is very difficult. The UK is working with EU and UN agencies to find practicable solutions to increasing monitoring without endangering the individuals tasked with investigating allegations of abuse.
We urge the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to embrace its responsibility to protect the human rights of its citizens. We believe the improvement of governance and rule of law in Somalia is the best way to improve human rights situation in the country. We are therefore working closely with international partners and the Transitional Federal Government to support improvement in governance institutions in Somalia.
£4.5 million for Ugandan and Burundian troop sustainment (fuel, food, rotation costs, airlift);
£2.3 million for Burundian troop allowances (per diems for 2 battalions up to end of FY);
£1.3 million for supplies to the Ugandan battalions (trucks, vehicle spares, paint etc.);
£120,000 (maximum) for subsistence payments and accommodation for military planners;
£20,000 for a Burundian military reconnaissance visit to Mogadishu;
£20,000 for a Burundian liaison officer in Kampala (subsistence and accommodation); and
£40,000 (maximum) committed for a potential Nigerian reconnaissance visit to Mogadishu.
The Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation (DDDC) is the main mechanism for engaging Darfurian civil society in the Political Process, and will be the main mechanism for engaging Darfurian civil society in longer-term reconciliation and rehabilitation.
The five key posts being filled by the UK for an initial six-month period are: Chief of Operations, Communication Officer and three Field Co-ordinators. This support over the next six months will help the DDDC to increase its financial management, planning and implementation capacity.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is taking to secure a ceasefire in Darfur; and what progress has been made in achieving that objective. 
David Miliband: The UK welcomed the Government of Sudans announcement on 27 October 2007 of a unilateral cessation of hostilities. We have urged others to make the same commitment and all parties to honour their commitments. We are working with the UN, the African Union (AU), key allies and troop contributing countries to ensure that the AU/UN hybrid operation in Darfur is an effective peacekeeping force; and with the UN, the AU and other international partners to ensure that any new agreement on a cessation of hostilities can be effectively monitored.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 97W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, what (a) issues have been discussed and (b) conclusions have been reached in discussions with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations on the UN-EU mission in Chad/Central African Republic and the UN-AU hybrid mission in Darfur. 
Meg Munn: We have repeatedly discussed with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the appropriate EU authorities the issue of co-ordination between the African Union/UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which assumed authority on 31 December 2007, and the UN/EU mission in Chad/Central African Republic (EUFOR) which is scheduled to start deploying in February. UNAMID has a number of liaison officers deployed in Abeche in Eastern Chad and we understand EUFOR may also deploy liaison officers in Darfur.
We have also extended the Joint Action of the EU Special Representative to Sudan to cover the EUFOR deployment in Chad, and to encourage co-ordination between the two missions. We are monitoring incursions across the Chad-Sudan border and, in bilateral contacts, we have urged both the Government of Sudan and the Government of Chad to exercise restraint.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 98W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, what action is planned at the UN Security Council in light of the lack of full co-operation by the Government of Sudan over the UNAMID deployment; and if he will make a statement. 
David Miliband: The UN Security Council will continue to take a close interest in the African Union/UN hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) deployment throughout 2008. In response to the attack on a UNAMID convoy on 7 January, the UN Security Council issued a presidential statement on 11 January that called on the Government of Sudan to conclude
all the necessary arrangements for the expeditious deployment of an effective UNAMID force.
We will continue to press the Government of Sudan to resolve outstanding issues, including force composition, the Status of Forces Agreement and night flying rights. We will also continue to discuss this issue with EU partners and to reiterate with them our readiness to consider further measures in the UN framework against any party that obstructs the prompt deployment of an effective force.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US administration on the destruction of videotapes of interrogations with suspected al-Qaeda operatives by the CIA in 2005. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any information has been passed to the UK from detainees held by the US administration since 2001, obtained through the use of interrogation techniques which may constitute torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under British law, including the technique known as waterboarding. 
The UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture as a matter of fundamental principle. The Government, including its intelligence and security agencies, never uses torture for any purpose, including obtaining information. Nor would we instigate action by others to do so.
In December 2007 the Highways Agency extended the double white lines and the existing 40 mph speed limit by approximately 400 metres west of Selmeston village where accidents have occurred due to vehicle movements at a bend and lay-by.
Between Selmeston and Middle Farm localised widening, introduction of a central hatched area and physical islands to discourage inappropriate overtaking.
Improvements to the junctions between the A27 with Common Lane, Bopeep Lane and The Street.
Mr. Tom Harris: Further work on plans to upgrade the A303 and the A358 has been put on hold while the implications of the A303 Stonehenge decision for the wider strategy of improving the A303/A358 corridor are resolved between the Department of Transport and the South West region.
Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who will fund (a) proposed road junction improvements on the A303 at Long Barrow Roundabout and Countess Roundabout near Stonehenge and (b) a proposed new roundabout at the junction of the A344 and A360 at Airmans Corner as a result of the Governments decision to build a new visitor centre at Stonehenge by 2012. 
Mr. Tom Harris: No decisions have yet been taken on whether or not junction improvements are to be pursued on the A303 at Countess and Longbarrow roundabouts or on the A344/A360 at Airmans Corner. Such measures will be considered as part of the development of proposals for improving the visitor facilities at Stonehenge. Decisions about funding will be made when decisions are made in due course about what, if any, improvement measures are to be pursued.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will assess the causes of road traffic accidents on the A38 between Marsh Mills and Ivybridge in Devon over the past 12 months. 
Mr. Tom Harris: Any investigation by the Highways Agency would have to await the outcome of police investigations. The agency obtains details of accidents from the police, who provide this data once their own investigations and those of any coroners inquest, if appropriate, have finished. This process can take up to a year to complete.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will order an inquiry to be carried out into the number of road traffic accidents on the A38 between Plymouth and Ivybridge in Devon. 
Mr. Tom Harris: It is not possible to justify an inquiry into the number of road traffic accidents on this section of the A38, as the collision rate for the last five years is more than 10 per cent. lower than the national average for this type of trunk road. The Highways Agency continually monitors safety on its roads with a view to implementing improvements as priority allows.
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