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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

"Your Britain, Your Europe"

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the constituencies (a) visited and (b) to be visited as part of the "Your Britain, Your Europe" roadshow. [151654]

Mr. Vaz: Since the launch of the "Your Britain, Your Europe" initiative in November 1999, I have visited over 30 towns and cities comprising the following constituencies: Norwich, South; Norwich, North; Edinburgh, North and Leith; Glasgow, Govan; Glasgow, Shettleston; Kirkcaldy; Cardiff, Central; Cardiff, South and Penarth; Islwyn; Reading, East; Swindon, North; Swindon, South; Oxford, East; Henley; Leeds, Central; Leeds, North-East; Elmet; Southampton, Itchen; Southampton, Test; Liverpool, Garston; Liverpool, Wavertree; Liverpool, Walton; Brent, North; Regent's Part and Kensington, North; Leicester, South; Northampton, North; Northampton, South; Birmingham, Ladywood; Wolverhampton, South-West; Poplar and Canning Town; Bethnal Green and Bow; Middlesbrough; Sunderland, North; Newcastle, Central; Gateshead, East and Washington, West; Houghton and Washington, East; Rotherham; Bath; Nuneaton; Hull, North; Manchester, Blackley, and Manchester, Central.

I plan to visit Cambridge, Bedford, Brighton, Hove, Hastings and Twickenham later this month. We have not yet confirmed my appointments in each venue.

China

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2001, Official Report, column 172W, if the issue of freedom of religious belief was discussed at the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing on 12 to 14 February; and if he will make a statement. [151823]

Mr. Battle: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Ayr (Ms Osborne) on 5 March 2001, Official Report, column 100W. Freedom of religious belief was an important part of the discussions at the sixth round of the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue on 12-14 February, which included a visit to Wenzhou to investigate reports of the destruction of churches and temples there.

UK/India Round Table

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the work programme of the UK/India Round Table. [151852]

Mr. Wilson: The UK/India Round Table was established by the Foreign Secretary and the Indian Minister for External Affairs in April 2000. It has met twice so far (April 2000 in India, October 2000 in the UK), and is due to meet again in India in April. The Round Table has produced a series of constructive recommendations for enhancing the bilateral relationship between the UK and India.

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Guinea

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his UN and EU counterparts on the refugee situation in Guinea. [152189]

Mr. Wilson: We are in close contact with the UN and EU on the refugee situation in Guinea. Our UN Permanent Representative in Geneva discussed the issue with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on 23 February. The UK has committed £12 million in humanitarian assistance to Guinea and the region since December 2000. We have also sent a career diplomat to Conakry to strengthen the bilateral relationship and to ensure that our response to the refugee crisis is effective and well-targeted.

Compensation Claims

Mr. Alan Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Foreign Office assessment of claims for compensation prior to the transmission of such claims to the United Nations Compensation Commission was taken with the approval of the United Nations Compensation Commission. [151907]

Mr. Wilson: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not assessed and does not assess claims prior to their transmission to the UN Compensation Commission. However, as the FCO was aware that the Commission had set a number of basic conditions that had to be met before claims could be accepted, claims were checked prior to dispatch to ensure that they met the known conditions.

Northern Cyprus

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to meet mayors from the occupied towns in Northern Cyprus during his visit to Cyprus in March; and if he will make a statement. [151870]

Mr. Vaz: The programme for my visit to Cyprus on 14 March is already extremely full. I regret therefore that on this occasion I will not be able to meet any of the mayors in Cyprus. I have written to my hon. Friend about the programme for my visit.

COREPER

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he received the document SN1247 of 30 January made available by COREPER; and when his Department placed it in the Public Paper and Vote Offices of each House. [152040]

Mr. Vaz: Document SN1247 containing the text of the Treaty of Nice was received by the Department on 30 January. On 6 February it was sent to the Libraries of each House and made available to Members, as were previous and subsequent revisions of the text. All up-to-date versions of the Treaty text have also been available on the Website www.europa.eu.int.

Nice Treaty

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when and where his Department received the final text of the treaty of Nice. [152039]

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Mr. Vaz: The final text of the treaty of Nice (document CONFER 4820/00), as signed in Nice on 26 February, was received by this Department on 23 February. This version is identical to document SN1247/01 in all but layout.

On 26 February it was sent to the Libraries of each House and made available to hon. Members.

Departmental IT Projects

Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the IT projects currently undertaken in his Department; and if he will state the (a) expected completion date and (b) cost of each project. [151500]

Mr. Battle [holding answer 26 February 2001]: The following IT projects are currently underway:















Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the IT projects his Department plans to undertake in the next year; and if he will state in each case the (a) expected date of commencement and completion and (b) cost. [151477]

Mr. Battle [holding answer 26 February 2001]: The following projects are being planned:



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No firm commitment has been made by the FCO to proceed with the above projects yet. Timings represent current projections only.


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