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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): Copies of the first annual report of the Global Environment Facility have recently been received. A copy has been placed in both Libraries of the House.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have decided that, in present circumstances, we should not continue with our programme of development assistance to Zanzibar. This reflects our concern about the way in which the outcome of the Zanzibar Government elections in October 1995 was handled, and disturbing reports of post-election political polarisation and harassment of some sections of the community. We do not believe that the current environment is conducive to the effective implementation of a development programme. This decision does not preclude the resumption of further assistance to Zanzibar when circumstances have improved.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The UN Committee on missing persons is best placed to investigate the fate of all the missing in Cyprus. We have noted Mr. Denktash's recent statement on this subject and deplore the atrocities that have been committed in Cyprus. We would expect Mr. Denktash to pass on any relevant information to the UN Committee.
The Saudis recognise their obligation under the Vienna Convention to inform us of arrests and to grant access to detainees. However, news of arrests can often reach us more quickly through friends or relatives of the detainees than through official channels.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): We remain firmly committed to providing the subsidy needed to support socially necessary passenger railway services at broadly the present level of service provision. In the instructions of my right honourable Friend the
Viscount Goschen: We believe that CrossRail has the potential to bring worthwhile benefits to London's transport system. As my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Transport indicated in his recent statement in another place on Thameslink 2000, we expect CrossRail to come after the Jubilee Line Extension, Thameslink 2000, and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. That is a sensible sequence of major new rail projects for London.
My right honourable friend has therefore asked the Chairmen of London Transport, Railtrack and British Rail not to proceed for the time being with an application under the Transport and Works Act for powers to build CrossRail. He has also invited the Chairman of Railtrack to consider the project further with his board once Railtrack is in the private sector, in the light of the Government's continued firm policy that CrossRail should proceed only as a joint venture with a substantial private sector contribution.
Viscount Goschen: We are pleased to announce that light dues for 1995-96 will remain at the level set in April 1993 for the third year in succession. Accordingly no changes to the Light Dues Regulations are needed.
Gatwick Airport and Luton Airport are both on the Thameslink route and thus are well placed to benefit from the increased opportunities Thameslink 2000 provides. However, access to Stansted Airport will not, as the statement suggested, be enhanced by the project. Direct links to Stansted, and to Heathrow, would require additional infrastructure, electrification and junction changes. These are not part of the current Thameslink 2000 plans. It would be a matter for Railtrack, its customers and the Franchising Director to examine the case for such enhancement and to take worthwhile proposals forward.
Viscount Goschen: The information required is as follows: (a) evidence that the traffic concerned will materialise and is likely to be retained on rail for an agreed period of time; (b) evidence from the prospective rail operator that agreement has been reached with the applicant for the traffic to be carried for the life of the project; (c) detailed information on the nature of the particular product to be carried, any special features associated with its handling and the
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