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Radiocommunications Agency

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets she has set her Department's Radiocommunications Agency for 2002–03. [47159]

Mr. Alexander: I have set the Radiocommunications Agency the following quality of service targets for 2002–03 in respect of its licensing and enforcement activities, and correspondence. These are in addition to achieving an overall efficiency improvement of 3 per cent. over 2002–02.

Licensing Targets







Enforcement




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Correspondence


Articles of Association

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will give her consent as holder of the special share to changes in the Articles of Association of BAe Systems plc and Rolls-Royce plc. [47160]

Ms Hewitt: I have reviewed the provisions in place for BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce and have decided to agree to the following changes. In the case of BAE Systems, we have agreed to remove the provision allowing the appointment of a Government Director; to change the current requirements that all Executive Directors are British to a requirement that a simple majority of the Board, including the Chief Executive and any Executive Chairman, are British; and to remove the aggregate foreign shareholding limit. In the case of Rolls-Royce, we have agreed to change the current requirement that 75 per cent. of the Board are British to a requirement that a simple majority, including the Chief Executive and any Executive Chairman, are British; to allow the appointment of a non-British non-Executive Chairman; and to remove the aggregate foreign shareholding limit. There will be no change in the requirements that no individual foreign shareholder, or group of foreign shareholders acting in concert, can hold more than 15 per cent. of the shares in either company. These provisions ensure that neither company can fall under foreign control.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Advertising

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the expenditure was per campaign for the five most expensive media advertising campaigns his Department undertook in the past five parliamentary Sessions including the current parliamentary Session in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; and for the last two parliamentary Sessions and the current Session, when each advertising campaign (i) began and (ii) ended in (A) Scotland, (B) England, (C) Wales and (D) Northern Ireland. [37395]

Mr. MacShane: There has only been one media advertising campaign in the last five years in the UK.

Between March–May 1998, the FCO carried out a #1 million television and information campaign for British nationals travelling to France for the World Cup.

The campaign was run in Scotland and England, as they were the only two home teams to qualify.

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Information on when elements of the advertising campaign began and ended in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Civil Servants (Relocation)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many civil servants in his Department have used the services of Cendent or its subsidiaries (a) to relocate in London and (b) to be housed in London since May 1997; what the name was of the company employed in each case; and what the dates were on each occasion; [42362]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 11 March 2002]: None.

Energy Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years. [42450]

Mr. Macshane: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 19 March 2002, Official Report, column 268W.

Israel

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel about overflights by the Israeli airforce in Lebanon. [43483]

Mr. Bradshaw: Embassy officials in Tel Aviv regularly raise overflights with the Israeli authorities, most recently on 26 February 2002. I did so when I visited Israel in July 2001. We remain concerned about continuing tension on the Israeli/Lebanese border. All breaches of the UN delineated XBlue Line", whether by land, sea or air are unacceptable.

Correspondence

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the target time will be in 2002–03 for (a) ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) officials in his Department to reply to letters received directly from members of the public. [44952]

Mr. Macshane: The FCO target in 2001–02 for ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members is to respond to 89 per cent of correspondence within 20 working days. The target for 2002–03 will be agreed shortly. The FCO target in 2001–02 for replies to letters received directly from members of the public is to

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respond to 90 per cent. of correspondence within 20 working days. The target for 2002–03 will also be agreed shortly.

Public Service Agreements

Mr Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which public service agreement targets scheduled to be met in 2002 will not be achieved by the due date. [44819]

Mr. MacShane: Information about progress on PSA targets will be published in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 2002 Departmental Report.

Anti-personnel Mines

Mr. Frank Cook: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal advice he has been given regarding the transit across UK territory of anti-personnel mines by non-states parties to the Ottawa Convention. [45193]

Mr. MacShane: Such transit would be contrary to the United Kingdom's obligations under the Ottawa Convention.

Brahimi Report

Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps have been taken by the Government to encourage the UN to implement the Brahimi report. [44747]

Mr. MacShane: The UK Government support and work towards the implementation of the Secretary General's Report on Peace Operations (Brahimi Report). Many of its recommendations have now been implemented, including those designed to strengthen the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), improve pre-deployment inspection and training of contingents and enhance mechanisms for consultation with troop contributors.


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