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Common Agricultural Policy Budget

Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the annual cost to the CAP budget of paying to (a) Poland and (b) the other accession candidate countries, one-quarter of the value of direct payments normally made to EU farmers. [35320]

Peter Hain: The Commission recently presented a framework paper for financing EU enlargement up to 2006. The framework includes a proposal to phase-in direct payments for new member states at a starting level of 25 per cent. in 2004 rising to 35 per cent. in 2006. For the period 2004–06, the Commission estimate the cost of this to be euro 2.6 billion for up to 10 new member states. No estimate of the cost for individual member states is given.

Heads of State (Visits)

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits to the United Kingdom, other than to Northern Ireland, have been carried out by the President of the Irish Republic since 1997; and how they were categorised. [35332]

Mr. MacShane: Since 1997 the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has carried out eight working visits to the UK, other than to Northern Ireland. She has also carried out a number of private visits, on which the FCO does not keep records.

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how visits by foreign heads of state are categorised; who decides this; and what criteria are applied. [35341]

Mr. MacShane: Visits by foreign heads of state are categorised as State, Guest of Government, Working or Private.

State visits are at the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Royal Visits committee. Guest of Government visits would usually be at the invitation of the Prime Minister, on advice from an inter-departmental visits committee. Working or private visits take place on the initiative of the visitors or at the invitation of third parties.

Ian Stillman

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact his consular officials have had with Ian Stillman; and on what dates. [35861]

Mr. Bradshaw: Mr. Stillman was visited by consular officials on 5 September 2000, 5 December 2000, 21 February 2001, 16 July 2001 and 5 September 2001. He was due to be visited on 19 December 2001, but was having dental treatment in Shimla. The next visit is due on 19 March.

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Consular staff in New Delhi and London have been in frequent contact with Mr. Stillman's family and lawyer. My noble Friend Baroness Amos met the family on 5 February 2002.

Visitor Visas

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people were issued with visit visas in (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) Bangladesh, (d) Ghana, (e) Nigeria, (f) Malaysia, (g) Jamaica, (h) Zimbabwe and (i) Kenya in 2001. [35549]

Mr. Bradshaw: Non-settlement visas issued in the posts mentioned during 2001 (the majority of which were made by visitors) were as follows:

Number
India177,756
Pakistan76,507
Bangladesh15,712
Ghana31,604
Nigeria77,861
Malaysia1,745
Jamaica3,139
Zimbabwe(15)1,926
Kenya19,870

(15) To November 2001


European Union

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made concerning reforming the decision making process of the European Union. [35638]

Peter Hain: The Government are in favour of reform which makes the EU more efficient and effective in delivering the benefits citizens expect. The Convention on the Future of Europe, which starts on 28 February, will begin a debate on how best to achieve these goals. The Government have not sought to prejudge the work of the Convention by making detailed representations at this stage.

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals on the future distribution of competences between the European Union and its member states the Minister for Europe, in his role as the Government's representative on the Convention on the Future of Europe, will be making to the Convention on the Future of Europe; and if he will make a statement. [35850]

Peter Hain: I welcome the opportunity the Convention on the Future of Europe gives us to look at who does what. The complexity of the present situation is undesirable. We will work towards a solution which gives us flexibility and transparency.

European Single Sky

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government will be making to the European Council at Barcelona on the creation of the single sky in Europe; what effect they will have on Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement. [35852]

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Peter Hain: The Lisbon strategy calls for completion of the Single European Sky by 2004. Proposals designed to achieve this are currently under negotiation. The Spanish Presidency has not yet made clear whether this issue will be discussed at the Barcelona European Council. The UK is committed to Single Sky. It offers the best route to overcoming delays and congestion caused by the structural problems in Europe's Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. It will also improve safety, and provide the necessary framework for future air traffic growth.

With regard to the effect of these proposals on Gibraltar, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Jones) on 1 November 2001, Official Report, column 811W. There have been no further discussions with Spain on this matter.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on United Nations Security Council resolution 1291 (2000) in respect of the orderly withdrawal of all foreign forces from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in accordance with the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement; when it is anticipated all foreign troops will leave; and if he will make a statement. [35241]

Mr. MacShane: Since the adoption of resolution 1291 Namibia has withdrawn all its troops from the DRC. All other foreign parties to the conflict have withdrawn some of their forces. We welcome these withdrawals. But we will continue to press all parties to withdraw all their troops in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Crown Dependencies

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the model Order in Council that his Department has developed for the purpose of criminalising terrorism financing in the Crown Dependencies; and if he will make a statement. [34624]

Mr. Wills: I have been asked to reply.

All the Crown Dependencies, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, already have their own strong anti-money laundering legislation. United Kingdom legislation against terrorism financing does not extend to the Crown Dependencies; they are all, however, preparing further domestic anti-terrorism legislation, which includes new provisions to counteract terrorism financing.

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Departmental Secondments

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff in his Department have been seconded to jobs in the (a) private and (b) public sector in each of the last four years. [31778]

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Mr. Wills: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 7 February 2002, Official Report, columns 1129–30W.

Departmental Secondments (Energy Industry)

Tom Brake: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff were seconded between (a) BP, (b) Shell, (c) Enron, (d) Exxon-Mobil, (e) Conoco, (f) Texaco and (g) TotalFinaElf and his Department in (i) 1999–2000, (ii) 2000–01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available. [33203]

Mr. Wills: There have been no inward or external secondments between the listed companies and this Department in any of the years specified.

Cabinet Papers

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will introduce proposals to amend restrictions on the timing of the release of Cabinet papers. [33123]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The release of Cabinet papers which have been preserved as public records of historical interest is subject to the provisions of the Public Records Act 1958 as amended by the Public Records Act 1967. There are no current proposals to amend these provisions.


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