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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive. 
Mr. Bradshaw: No central records are kept of parental leave taken and so no estimates are readily available of the likely financial costs to the FCO of the introduction of the Parental Leave Directive. This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Bradshaw: Through our bilateral aid programme, the European Union and UNWRA we support the short term needs of the Palestinian Authority. It is also critical to address our long-term goal of Palestinian nation building in parallel. The aim of our development assistance programme in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is to help develop the building blocks which will support the creation of a viable Palestinian state. We aim to provide a broad range of technical assistance designed to promote peace, stability and economic and social development. UK bilateral assistance is planned at £14 million this year. In 2001 the UK contributed £25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to support vulnerable Palestinian refugee communities. The Government have no specific plans to give aid to rebuild Palestinian towns in the West Bank.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel about Palestinian child detainees held in Israeli prisons and detention centres. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Our embassy in Tel Aviv has raised with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs the case of Sausan Abu Turki, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl arrested in late 2001 for allegedly attacking an Israel Defence Force officer, whom we understand the Israeli authorities continue to hold without charge. The embassy also supports the efforts of human rights NGOs and the EU in raising specific cases of alleged abuse against minors by the Israeli authorities.
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Mr. Bradshaw: United Nations Security Resolutions 242 and 338 remain the basis for a just and lasting settlement in the middle east. We welcome the adoption of UNSCR 1397 on 12 March which sets out the vision of two states within secure and recognised borders. It demands an immediate cessation of all acts of violence and calls on both leaders to co-operate in the implementation of the Tenet plan and Mitchell Committee recommendations with the aim of resuming negotiations on a political settlement.
Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times officials from his Department have had contact with Iraqi Government officials in (a) the last month, (b) the last three months and (c) the last six months. 
Mr. Bradshaw: As we have consistently made clear, we have no reason to believe Iraq was involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, we share the concern of all responsible members of the international community about Iraq's support for terrorism and its development of weapons of mass destruction.
Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on negotiations between Belize and Guatemala to resolve their territorial dispute. 
Mr. MacShane: The Governments of Belize and Guatemala are working closely under the auspices of the Organisation of American States (OAS), to negotiate a settlement to their long standing territorial dispute. Two facilitators appointed by Belize and Guatemala, aim to present recommendations for an agreed settlement to both Governments shortly.
We firmly support the OAS-facilitated process. We very much hope that Belize and Guatemala will be able to agree a settlement this year. Such an agreement would have great significance for both countries and the region more widely. We are in close touch with both countries and are actively helping the facilitators to secure a final and lasting settlement to the dispute.
Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 77677W, on stolen equipment, whether the computer equipment stolen from his Department was (a) new and unused and (b) used; and what was the nature of the data stored on such items in each case. 
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Mr. Straw: Further to the answer of 22 January, I can confirm that, with the exception of the boxed PC, monitor and keyboard stolen on 22 May 2001, and the seven monitors stolen on 10 January 2002, which were all new and unused items, the remaining items were all used.
As stated in the answer on 6 February 2002 by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Official Report, column 948W, to the hon. Member for Romford (Mr. Rosindell), data held on the used equipment was of an unclassified nature, and no security breaches occurred as a result of the thefts.
Mr. Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions British officials had with Jamal Uddin in Kabul prior to his detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by the US military authorities. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The British Embassy in Kabul spoke to Jamal Uddin in Kandahar by telephone on 16 January about his movement from Kandahar to Kabul. In the event, before Mr. Uddin could travel to Kabul, he was detained by US forces in Kandahar on approximately 25 January and subsequently moved to Guantanamo Bay on 11 February where he was seen by British officials on 26 February.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) a member of the Royal Family last officially visited each of the British Overseas Territories. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Secretary of State has not visited any of the Overseas Territories. Visits to the Overseas Territories by other Foreign Office Ministers and by members of the Royal Family over the last two years were as follows:
|Territory||Visitor||Date of visit|
|Visits by Ministers|
|Cayman Islands||Baroness Scotland||July/August 2000|
|Anguilla||Baroness Scotland||September 2000|
|British Virgin Islands||Baroness Scotland||September 2000|
|British Antarctic Territory||Baroness Scotland||January 2001|
|Falkland Islands||John Battle||February 2001|
|Gibraltar||Peter Hain||September 2001|
|Montserrat||Baroness Amos||December 2001|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Baroness Amos||December 2001|
|Visits by members of the Royal Family|
|British Virgin Islands||Duke of York||March 2000|
|Montserrat||Duke of York||March 2000|
|Anguilla||Duke of York||March 2000|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Duke of York||March 2000|
|Cayman Islands||Duke of York||March 2000|
|Bermuda||Princess Royal||April 2001|
For visits prior to this I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle) to my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay) on 7 June 2000, Official Report, columns 29394W.
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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have been held between the Government and (a) the EU and (b) individual member states of the EU, on the relationship between Gibraltar and Spain. 
Peter Hain: I refer the hon. Member to the Presidency Conclusions from the Barcelona European Council on 1516 March (copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of the House) in which the European Council:
underlines the EU's support for both Governments' commitment to overcome their differences over Gibraltar, and to conclude a comprehensive agreement before the summer;
invites the Commission to explore possible ways in which the EU could underpin any agreement reached.
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