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Mobile Telephones

Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation requiring retailers of mobile telephones to obtain the name and address of those purchasing such equipment and for this information to be registered with a telephone licensing authority. [152307]

Ms Hewitt: There is currently no plan to introduce legislation requiring purchasers of mobile phones to provide their name and address. However, this is an important issue and one which will be kept under review.

Telecommunication Masts

Mr. Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will announce the outcome of the consultation on telecommunication mast development. [154293]

Ms Hewitt: The announcement on the outcome of the consultation was announced by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning on 16 March 2001. Details of the announcement can be found on the DETR website at www.detr.gov.uk.

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Export Credits (Saudi Arabia)

Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the applications for credit guarantees relating to Saudi Arabia received by the ECGD in the last 20 years, indicating the companies, amounts and projects in Saudi Arabia involved. [153726]

Mr. Caborn: Over the last 20 years ECGD has issued no guarantees in respect of credit business with Saudi Arabia. There have however been some 54 guarantees issued totalling £14.6 billion in respect of cash contracts.

Details of applications which have not been the subject of a guarantee are subject to legitimate confidentiality under Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and are not included in this answer.

Foot and Mouth

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the impact of foot and mouth disease has been on the Royal Mail postal service; when full postal service will be restored; and if he will make a statement. [154219]

Mr. Alan Johnson: I have been advised by the Post Office that Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide are following advice from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food about delivering letters and parcels during the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Guidelines have been issued to all staff about deliveries in affected areas, and where advised appropriate precautions are being taken.

Post Office staff can deliver mail and parcels as normal in all areas of the country except those within the restriction zones where special arrangements have been agreed with affected customers. Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide are co-operating fully with all sanitary arrangements, which have been put in place by landowners outside quarantined areas regarding deliveries.

The Post Office is in constant contact with MAFF and will continue to co-operate fully with their instructions. The full service will be restored when the current outbreak has been eradicated.

WALES

Special Advisers

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total cost, including travel, accommodation and subsistence allowance, was of the two visits to Brussels undertaken by a departmental or non-departmental special adviser, mentioned in his answer of 5 June 2000, Official Report, column 46W. [152061]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The two visits referred to in my earlier reply included one to Brussels and one to Dublin. The average total cost per trip including travel, accommodation and subsistence for the departmental special adviser was £649.

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Timber

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published. [152043]

Mr. Paul Murphy: All Government Departments are required to report annually on timber purchases, explaining what steps are being taken to buy timber and timber related products from sustainable and legal sources and the quantity and types of purchase. Information on timber procurement by the Wales Office will be published, along with information for other departments, in a report by Green Ministers in the autumn of 2001. The Wales Office has no other plans to publish information on timber procurement.

Youth Parliament

Mr. Rowe: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet Welsh members of the UK Youth Parliament to discuss issues raised in the Parliament's manifesto. [152962]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I understand that most parts of Wales have yet to elect members. When this process has been completed, I shall be happy to consider an invitation to meet them.

Civil Servants (Salary Increases)

Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average percentage increase in salaries of non-industrial civil servants, excluding members of the Senior Civil Service, was in his Department for 2000-01. [152787]

Mr. Paul Murphy [holding answer 14 March 2001]: Pay settlements for the Wales Office are linked to those of the National Assembly for Wales. The full value of the award for 2000-01 was 5 per cent., taking into account the basic award, performance and progression elements, changes to the pay bands, and all other elements. The average percentage increases in salaries of non-industrial civil servants, excluding members of the senior Civil Service, was 4.2 per cent. for 2000-01.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the television, newspaper and radio advertising and other promotional campaigns conducted by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its departmental public bodies, in each of the past five years, showing for each the expenditure incurred by her Department; and if she will make a statement. [153416]

Clare Short: DFID does not have an advertising budget. The vast majority of advertising relates to recruitment advertising in newspapers and journals, costing £1 million-£2 million annually.

DFID has no agencies or other public bodies.

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Human Rights

Mr. Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote human rights in poorer countries. [153752]

Clare Short: Human rights are central to my Department's work which is dedicated to the realisation of the human rights of the poorest people of the world. In October last year we published our strategy for achieving this goal, entitled "Realising human rights for poor people". A copy was placed in the Library of the House. I shall send one to my hon. Friend.

Ethiopia (Refugee Returns)

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to investigate the refugee screening process of the Oramo people in Sudan returning to Ethiopia; and if she will make a statement. [153721]

Clare Short: We support the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Ethiopian, Chadian, Somali and Ugandan refugees in 2001, unless after screening they have compelling reasons to remain in the Sudan.

Colombia

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the Government's policy with regard to Plan Colombia. [153935]

Mr. Battle: I have been asked to reply.

Plan Colombia is the Colombian Government's strategy for tackling the interconnected problems of internal violence, social and economic inequality, abuse of human rights and drugs cultivation and trafficking.

Concerns are raised by some aspects of Plan Colombia, in particular the eradication of illegal crops by aerial spraying. The UK has not given any financial or other support to the plan. Instead, the UK is contributing to and fully supports assistance to Colombia through the European Union of 105 million euro over the next five years. The EU package will focus on measures to support human rights, long-term economic and social development and an end to violence.

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to (a) the Colombian Government, (b) the USA Government and (c) international organisations about the position of the trade union movement in Colombia. [153932]

Mr. Battle: I have been asked to reply.

We are very concerned about increasing levels of violence in Colombia, particularly that directed at trade unionists and other human rights defenders.

The British Embassy in Bogota is in regular contact with the main trade unions in Colombia, and has discussed the position of trade unionists there with both the ILO special representative, Rafael Alburquerque, and the Colombian Government. Following a meeting with Alexander Lopez of the CUT Union (Central Unitaria de Trabajadores), who has received death threats in

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Colombia, my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office wrote to Colombia's Vice-President on 21 December 2000 to underline our concern that he and other trade union leaders be afforded the protection necessary to go about their lives and work safely.

The UK Government have a regular and on-going dialogue with the US Government about the human rights situation in Colombia.

The UK supported the appointment to Colombia in June 2000 of a special representative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to report on trade union rights and the security of trade union members and to verify measures taken by the Colombian Government to protect trade unionists.

We expect the European Union to make a statement on these issues when the Commission on Human Rights meets in Geneva from 19 March to 27 April.


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