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Mr. MacShane: No UN member state has yet announced an intention to table a resolution on China at the next session of the UN commission on human rights, to be held in Geneva in March and April 2002. We will consider with EU partners a common approach to any resolution nearer the time.
Mr. Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for July and the major European Union events for the period between 31 July and December. 
|67||Bruges||External Trade Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|1416||Leuven and Louvain-la-neuve||Environment Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|1618||Alden Biezen||Agriculture Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|27||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council|
|2728||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|1||Brussels||European Union Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (possible)|
|8||Brussels||Employment and Social Affairs Council|
|89||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|9||Brussels||Urban Metropolitan Policy Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|1112||Brussels||Defence Council (Ministerial Informal)|
|1516||Brussels||Transport and Telecommunications Council (possible)|
|19||Gent||European Council (Informal)|
|2930||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|5||Brussels||Cultural and Audio-visual Council|
|8||Brussels||Development and Co-operation Council|
|9||Brussels||European Union Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session|
|12||Brussels||Employment and Social Affairs|
|16||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|1920||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|1920||Brussels||Capabilities Improvement Conference (Defence Ministers present)|
|2122||Brussels||Budget Council (possible)|
|26||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council|
|27||Brussels||Fisheries Council (possible)|
|29||Brussels||Education and Youth Council|
|3||Brussels||Employment and Social Affairs Council|
|4||Bruges||Culture Council (Informal)|
|78||Brussels||Transport and Telecommunications Council|
|78||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|1011||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
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Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to give British citizenship to the inhabitants of St. Helena and other former dependent territories. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The British Overseas Territories Bill, which will grant British citizenship to all British Dependent Territories citizens in qualifying territories, was given a first reading in the House of Lords on 21 June. The Second Reading is scheduled for 10 July. The Bill was published on 22 June. Copies of the Bill, with Explanatory Notes, are available from the Libraries of both Houses.
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Mrs. Mahon: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from pressure groups in (a) Denmark and (b) Greenland about the use of Thule bases for National Missile Defence. 
Mr. Bradshaw: I am not aware of any representations from pressure groups in Denmark or Greenland being made to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary about the use of Thule base for Missile Defence.
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the sale of passports in Eastern Europe by the Belgian Government; and if persons who have secured passports in this way have the right of entry into the UK. 
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Peter Hain: The Belgian MFA has carried out an internal inquiry into allegations made by a former employee of the Belgian Embassy in Sofia regarding the sale of visas at the Embassy. Although passports were not included in the allegations, we understand that the inquiry also looked into passports. The inquiry found no evidence to support the allegations and concluded that no rules had been broken. Separately, a judicial inquiry was launched in 1997 into the allegations and is still under way. It will be for the Belgian Procurator General to decide the outcome in this case.
Visas issued by the Belgian authorities allow access to the countries in the Schengen zone, which covers all EU countries except the UK and Ireland. They therefore do not permit entry to the United Kingdom, which maintains its own frontier controls and does not participate in Schengen visa arrangements.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has carried out into (a) cost savings and (b) efficiency savings in total Government expenditure through the use of the Private Finance Initiative; and if he will make a statement. 
However, there have been two substantive reports on PFI, since its inception, which have indicated that PFI is delivering value for money. The independent Arthur Andersen and Enterprise LSE Report stated the average percentage estimated saving against conventional procurement for the sample of projects they looked at, averaged 17 per cent. Also the NAO report on "PFI and value for money" found an average cost saving of 20 per cent. or just under £1 billion in total, across seven projects examined by the NAO up until December 1999. This saving is measured against the conventional procurement route.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the additional number of journeys made by car-sharing in 200203 as a consequence of introducing a new passenger rate for authorised car mileage in the March 2001 Budget. 
Mr. Boateng: The Government are introducing a tax exempt rate of 5p per mile per passenger carried on a business trip from 200203 onwards to help employers encourage their employees to car-share wherever possible.
The Inland Revenue does not have a specific estimate of the additional number of journeys which will be made by car-sharing in 200203 owing to this, but will be evaluating the effects of this measure over time.
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