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Mr. Bradshaw: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I have received representations in recent weeks from many hon. Members on the situation in the middle east. 35 Members spoke in the debate on the middle east on 16 April alone. All expressed concern about the perilous situation in the region, and a desire to see a just and lasting political settlement between the parties.
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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when consulate officials last met (a) Mr. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and (b) members of his family; and if he will make a statement on recent developments in this case. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We have sought information on Mr. Sheikh's detention, and are awaiting a response from the Pakistani authorities. If Mr. Sheikh is a dual UK/Pakistani national, the Pakistani authorities are not obliged to give us consular access or information. Mr. Sheikh's family have not made contact with our consular officials, although they are welcome to do so in either Pakistan or London.
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 15 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Tanveer Bibi. 
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received about democratic rights for those living on Ascension Island; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: A petition on taxation without representation was received by the FCO on 23 March. A response, indicating that there would be full consultation with the residents of Ascension Island over the form of democratic representation to be introduced, was sent by officials on 26 March.
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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to introduce a democratically elected Government for those living on Ascension Island; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Overseas Territories Constitutional Adviser visited Ascension in October last year. A summary of his recommendations appeared in the island's newspaper on 7 March. A further consultation document was issued by the Governor at a public meeting on 10 April. This outlined two options: a county/district model of government, or an Advisory Island Council with provision for regular consultation with St. Helena representatives on areas of mutual interest. We hope that a decision on the form of democratic representation, based on the preferred choice of the residents of Ascension Island, will be taken shortly.
Peter Hain: As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in the House on 18 March 2002, Official Report, column 29, it is manifestly in the interests of the people of Britain, Spain and Gibraltar to find a proper modus vivendi for the future. We have repeatedly made clear that it would be for the people of Gibraltar to decide in a referendum whether any proposals that emerge from the current Brussels Process talks should be implemented.
Peter Hain: No agreement has been reached with Spain. Talks under the Brussels Process are continuing. Our aim remains, if possible, to reach agreement by the summer. As I said in the House on 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 452, over the past months, the Government have kept Parliament fully informed. We will continue to do so.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the terms of reference and (b) the outcome of the meeting which took place on 23 April in Madrid between the Foreign Secretary, the Minister for Europe and representatives of the Spanish Government regarding the future status of Gibraltar. 
Peter Hain [holding answer 29 April 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle) on 24 April 2002, Official Report, columns 29495W, regarding the Euro- Mediterranean Ministerial meeting held in Valencia on 22 and 23 April.
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Mr. Straw: I will visit Gibraltar on 3 May. Talks with the Spanish Government under the Brussels Process are continuing. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Europe will be meeting his Spanish counterpart in London on 2 May.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he or his Ministers last met the Spanish Foreign Minister and his Ministers to discuss Gibraltar; where this meeting took place; how much advance notice was given of it; what was discussed; and what conclusions were reached; 
Mr. Straw: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the Minister for Europe gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle) on 24 April 2002, Official Report, column 29596W.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding the UK (a) bilaterally and (b) through the European Union, (i) has contributed in the last five years and (ii) plans to contribute to (A) Plan Colombia and (B) the Andean Regional Initiative. 
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what training the UK has (a) provided in the last five years and (b) plans to provide for Colombia's (i) customs officers, (ii) anti- narcotics police and (iii) other law enforcement personnel; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. MacShane: Colombia remains the world's principal source of cocaine. Its Government is committed to tackling the illicit drugs trade and the problems of crime and violence with which it is linked. We support the Colombian Government's commitment to tackling these areas and continue to provide assistance where we can.
The British Government has provided a range of training to the Colombian Anti-Narcotics police, the Colombian Customs Department as well as other law enforcement personnel over the last five years. We have also provided funding for a Colombian NGO to train the police in areas such as community relations, conflict resolution and peace strategies.
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