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Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in raising concerns about the situation in Barrancabermeja, and Magdalena Medio with the Colombian Government. 
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals, domiciled in Scotland, are held in prison in foreign countries, broken down by (a) country of imprisonment, (b) gender of prisoner and (c) nature of the offence. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Figures for the numbers of British nationals in prison overseas are compiled quarterly. These were last compiled as at 1 November 2001, when there were 3,485 British nationals in prison overseas. The next quarterly figures will be available at the end of January 2002.
We do not routinely compile data on UK prisoners overseas' according to their domicile in the UK or by gender, nor by nature of offence. Gathering the requested data in this format would incur disproportionate costs.
Mr. Straw: My noble Friend, Baroness Amos, discussed Zimbabwe with President Mogae on 10 January. I discussed the situation in Zimbabwe with the Botswana Foreign Minister, Mompati Merafhe, on 20 December 2001.
Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the number of Zimbabwean residents who are planning to leave that country for refuge in the UK. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We cannot be certain how many Zimbabwean residents may wish to seek refuge in the UK. As at 14 January 2002, there were 25,054 British nationals registered with the British high commission in Zimbabwe. There is no requirement for British nationals to inform our high commission if they plan to leave Zimbabwe, when they actually leave, or their destination.
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Mr. Bradshaw: We are very concerned over the current tensions between India and Pakistan. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has spoken frequently to his Indian and Pakistani counterparts in recent weeks, and has secured close co-operation between international partners. We continue to press India and Pakistan to resolve the issues between them through dialogue.
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Union for January and also the major European Union events for the period between 31 January and June 2002. 
|67||Valladolid||Ministerial Seminar on Democracy and Development|
|14||Brussels||Education and Youth Council|
|1415||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council(4)|
|1819||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|2223||Brussels||Telecoms and Information Society Council(4)|
|28||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|1||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council(5)|
|1||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council|
|7||Brussels||Employment and Social Affairs Council|
|1112||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|2324||Brussels||Defence Ministers Meeting(4)|
|2526||Brussels||Transport and Telecom Council|
|2728||Monterrey, Mexico||Financing and Development Conference|
|1516||Luxembourg||General Affairs Council|
|2526||Luxembourg||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|13||Brussels||General Affairs Council with Defence Ministers|
|21||Brussels||Internal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council|
|23||Brussels||Culture and Audio-visual Council|
|30||Brussels||Education and Youth Council|
|311 June||Brussels||Transport Council(4)|
|3||Brussels||Employment and Social Affairs Council|
|68||Brussels||Foreign Affairs Council(7)|
|67||Brussels||Industry and Energy Council|
|1011||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|1314||Brussels||Justice and Home Affairs Council|
|1718||Brussels||Transport and Telecom Council|
|1718||Brussels||General Affairs Council|
|24||Brussels||General Affairs Council(8)|
(4) Ministerial informal
(6) ASEM ministerial informal
(7) ASEM Ministers
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the question of human rights abuses in Tibet on the occasion of the forthcoming visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister. 
Mr. MacShane: We continue to have serious concerns about the human rights situation in China, including Tibet. I take every opportunity to raise these with the Chinese authorities and will seek to do so with the Chinese Foreign Minister.
Mr. MacShane: The human rights situation in Tibet shows no signs of improvement. We are concerned in particular about reports of arbitrary detention, torture and the "re-education" of monks and nuns. We raise Tibet with the Chinese authorities at every suitable opportunity.
The overall human rights situation in China continues to be a matter of serious concern. There has been considerable progress in many aspects, for example in the ability of individual citizens to manage their own lives, engage in business, travel freely and own a home. China has also shown an increased willingness to engage with United Nations human rights mechanisms. But severe restrictions remain on the enjoyment of civil and political rights, especially the freedoms of expression, religion and association.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the reductions in human rights abuses in (a) Tibet and (b) China that have resulted from his policy of (i) constructive and (ii) critical engagement. 
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a programme of projects in China addressing such issues as the rule of law, legal and judicial independence, child rights and human rights awareness.
The dialogue is aimed at encouraging long-term, fundamental change in China. It has taken place in an increasingly open and frank atmosphere, and has been accompanied by increased co-operation with international human rights mechanisms, including ratification in February 2001 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and a programme of co-operation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to determine the fate of the Panchen Lama; and what assessment he has made of the authenticity of the recent photo alleged to be of the Panchen Lama. 
Mr. MacShane: We take every suitable opportunity to press the Chinese authorities to allow access to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima (the Dalai Lama's choice as Panchen Lama) by an independent and respected figure to assess his health and living conditions. It was last raised at the seventh round of the UK/China human rights dialogue held in London last November. The Chinese maintain that the parents of the boy do not want him exposed to international attention.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 206W, on China, what the purpose was of the proposed visit of the Chinese delegation to the BBC World Service; when this visit took place; and if he will make a statement. 
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UK/China human rights dialogue: one of the themes of this round of the dialogue was "the role of the media". The programme was organised by the BBC.
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