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Gibraltar

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that there will be no joint authority with Spain over Gibraltar. [40667]

Peter Hain: The Government stand by the commitment set out in the preamble to the 1969 Gibraltar Constitution that we will not enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar will pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes.

Zimbabwe

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding the exchange rates used by the British Embassy in Harare for fees paid by British citizens with joint Zimbabwe citizenship wishing to waive their British citizenship. [40480]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 5 March 2002]: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers have received a small number of letters on this topic from Members representing their constituents.

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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements have been made for the funding of an emergency air-lift of British citizens from Zimbabwe. [40482]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 5 March 2002]: No funding arrangements have been made for an emergency air-lift of British citizens from Zimbabwe. We have a Civil Contingency Plan in place for Zimbabwe, as we do for many other countries. This is kept under constant review given the rise in tension in the country.

Israel

Mr. Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the designation of Israel as a nuclear weapon state; and if he will make a statement. [40795]

Mr. Bradshaw: We continue to encourage Israel to resolve international concerns about its nuclear status by acceding to the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon state, and concluding a fullscope safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency. We also support the creation of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, as demonstrated by our consistent support for relevant United Nations resolutions.

Middle East

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate the circumstances in which Israeli troops have delayed the return to Ramallah of Palestinian teachers from the Friends School who were on the visit to Birmingham between 22 February and 2 March organised by the British Council; and if he will make a statement. [41207]

Mr. Bradshaw: Officials at the British Council have informed me that the teachers have returned to their school in Ramallah. Their journey was difficult because of problems they encountered crossing Israeli Defence Force checkpoints.

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I am deeply concerned about the humanitarian and economic impact of closures. Sustained closures continue to restrict the free movement of people and essential supplies between the Occupied Territories and Israel and other countries, as well as within the Occupied Territories. The suffocation of the Palestinian economy, growing unemployment and the disruption of public service and normal social activity in the territories can only fuel hatred and violence. The lifting of closures form part of the recommendations of the Mitchell Committee report. We have expressed our serious concerns to the Israeli Government on political, legal and humanitarian grounds, and will continue to do so.

Immigration

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications have been received to enter and reside in the UK on the basis of (a) being married to a UK citizen and (b) intending to marry a UK citizen; and if he will list by the country of applicants the number of (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful applications in each category in each of the last three years. [40640]

Mr. Bradshaw: We do not maintain centrally statistics on the number of applications received to enter and reside in the UK on the basis of either being married to or intending to marry a UK citizen.

Such applicants are recorded under the general category of settlement. The figures within this category include dependants and those seeking to reside in the UK on the basis of marriage to someone already resident in the UK but not necessarily a British citizen. to differentiate between these type of applications, we would need to ask all posts to conduct a manual check of all applications.

Figures for total number of settlement applications received, issued and refused in 1999, 2000 and 2001 are attached. Those for 1999 and 2000 are already in the House Library; those for 2001 are based on monthly statistical returns from the largest 110 entry clearance posts handling 98 per cent. of all visa applications.

Settlement applications

1999 2000 2001
CountryReceiveIssuedRefusedReceivedIssuedRefusedReceivedIssuedRefused
Albania2317390702013716326
Algeria000000010
Angola5501060101
Argentina4947277760
Armenia66012120
Ascension Island000000
Australia5,3295,20115,3535,14932,0763,8961
Austria66087152410
Azerbaijan554732932014273
Bahamas3030026260
Bahrain2626074721711310
Bangladesh4,7693,2891,2935,1274,9411,7293,6264,7931,466
Barbados12810971811788
Belarus383305057343701
Belgium343301716315260
Belize66011110
Bermuda1616015150
Bolivia10100550
Bosnia Herzegovina201912625122300
Botswana1718034340
Brazil2362271017916514000
Brunei3333047470
Bulgaria1770018016506715310
Burma1010118120
Cameroon3714104133151433516
Canada1,4041,35921,3121,26353031,22510
Chile5454023230
China1,111817701,069782551,03796868
Colombia1981821616014088212018
Costa Rica880990
Croatia747315555047647
Cuba10210379778766993
Cyprus410389937134851563105
Czech Republic320222,0391,862442263110
Democratic Republic Congo81165119496
Denmark16151330292
Ecuador45440483810186913
Egypt18819435174152119715238
El Salvador440760
Estonia3737037370
Ethiopia33415626200274147669597528
Falkland Islands2103042985
Fiji2220242420
Finland560240
France736169687265791
Georgia171701717010170
Germany1221141289836618718
Ghana8517391091,049671247768978936
Gibraltar330660
Greece5248044450
Guatemala2323016160
Guyana7383811511635910213
Honduras550440
Hungary180165112712681031490
Iceland550110
India5,6135,2901,1185,0394,6651,0003,4064,9881,072
Indonesia16913631351296361776
Iran3973850380379033644662
Ireland1341200126957334117
Israel21020911961860
Italy545235955535501
Ivory Coast675030383141788
Jamaica348305863283519420529650
Japan4544161744142315180255111
Jerusalem57502763915130
Jordan188173152531992010418234
Kazakhstan615743631511731
Kenya1,4191,229361,4371,063307271,574158
Korea5756162600
Kuwait13863387736252711
Latvia535215047237653
Lebanon11510131471351269957
Lesotho11100430
Libya1131150107106121237
Lithuania7568278760
Luxembourg1212016160
Macedonian110110495913
Madagascar743761
Malawi6657089792000
Malaysia5255329328512824244412
Malta16116101641481
Mauritius182164151381185807823
Mexico8080086850541041
Mongolia660440
Morocco343291203683512430740445
Morocco000000
Morocco000000
Mozambique1515012130
Namibia201821090
Nepal74597100943867522
Netherlands12811981151112731150
New Zealand1,9891,92222,0751,91846981,8361
Nicaragua110220
Nigeria165126912596198714667
Nigeria1,3796673661,1081,2282486291,077348
Norway80014140240
Oman70700575517121
Pakistan10,8406,6492,64310,51512,0422,0946,5649,7533,579
Panama660660
Papua New Guinea1514093945
Peru615917267331550
Philippines808737448796474252573271
Poland30729963092921092032982
Portugal3634127270
Qatar1191161524160
Romania19418082441733518025136
Russia707643308227754241979028
Rwanda000000
Saudi Arabia23221410163134107312328
Senegal4827212926014173
Seychelles2222026260
Sierra Leone00016410125
Singapore29028902872801791340
Slovak Republic25425432382253751734
Solomon Islands330550
South Africa2,2362,21423151501,3812,16043
Spain555504646016320
Sri Lanka68354180878843351,032921189
Sudan22220969427638039
Swaziland770990
Sweden202001190860
Switzerland1431312129127147865
Syria17012912142731436118545
Taiwan545406161037529
Tanzania14811812169134234313019
Thailand1,190997631,5571,471981,0141,894248
The Gambia305245233132392621429057
to Domingo392743042226364
Tonga000110
Trinidad and Tobago138139400056865
Tunisia244219252502273222628258
Turkey1,0527541281,3258363955694178
Turkmenistan55010100
Uganda108861525417040314388135
Ukraine1711575336327625637327
United Arab Emirates2191847205177189015625
United States of America2,7932,688172,7222,63741,2982,3219
Uruguay770330
Uzbekistan36334232303403
Vanuatu550440
Venezuela414014848023534750
Vietnam72492012810975610917
Yemen309197543172899220534574
Yugoslavia23221110100041583
Zambia1237611231021545705
Zimbabwe448447186185383376353
Total79,46963,81910,73479,34277,10510,03347,16572,13114,531

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