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Israel

Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other European Union countries on seeking compensation from the Israeli Government for damage to or the destruction of EU-financed projects in Gaza and the West Bank as a result of Israeli military action. [53436]

Mr. Straw [holding answer 2 May 2002]: The damage to EU and other donor funded projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip caused by Israeli military actions was first discussed by EU Foreign Ministers at the 28 January General Affairs Council. Following that meeting the EU demanded that this practice stop and reserved the right to demand compensation in the appropriate fora. That remains our position. The European Commission continues therefore to monitor and cost the damage arising from recent IDF operations.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with European and United States counterparts about the situation in Israel. [53938]

Mr. Bradshaw: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has spoken to US Secretary of State (three times since Saturday), and has had regular discussions with his European Union colleagues about the situation in Israel and the occupied territories. The middle east peace

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process was discussed at the General Affairs Council on 15 April and at the Valencia EuroMed meeting on 23 April.

Fiji

Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from Fiji have received entry clearance to reside in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years. [53908]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 2 May 2002]: I list below details of entry clearance applications received and issued in Suva for settlement since 1997. We do not record the nationality of those applying for settlement and applicants can apply at any post in the world.

To differentiate between nationality of each applicant, we would need to ask all 166 entry clearance posts to carry out a manual search of their records. This could be done only at disproportionate cost.

ReceivedIssued
19973636
19984239
19992220
20004242
2001(40)77

(40) 2001 statistics cover period 1 January to 31 March 2001


All entry clearance posts submit an annual statistical return from which the above statistics were obtained. This information is collated in the Entry Clearance Annual Statistics booklet, copies of which are currently available in the House Library. The latest year for which this information is available is 2000.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1 to 31 October 2001, (e) 1 to 30 November 2001, (f) 1 to 31 December 2001, (g) 1 to 31 January 2002, (h) 1 to 28 February 2002, (i) 1 to 31 March 2002 and (j) 1 to 30 April 2002 that had not received a substantive answer by 30 April; and if he will state (i) the name of the hon. Member asking the question and (ii) the reasons the question had not received a substantive answer. [54080]

Mr. Straw [holding answer 2 May 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, my right hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook) on 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 949W.

The following questions have not yet received a substantive reply.


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(i) Three questions from the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow), the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), and my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones). Due to administrative errors the processing of the questions was delayed. The question from the hon. Member for Buckingham has been answered and the questions from the hon. Member for Meriden and my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak will be answered shortly.

(j) On 30 April 26 questions were awaiting a substantive reply from the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay), the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner), my hon. Friend the Member for Hull, North (Mr. McNamara), my hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mrs. Curtis-Thomas), my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, East (Jane Griffiths), my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich (Mr. Henderson), my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Andy King), my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Lepper), my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Dudley, North (Ross Cranston), my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones), my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney), my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Ian Lucas), the hon. Member for Vale of York (Miss McIntosh), the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor), the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Dr. Tonge) and my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Baillieston (Mr. Wray).

Those questions which have not already received an answer will receive an answer shortly.

Conflict Prevention

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times his Department has discussed the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25 April, with (a) the Ministry of Defence and (b) the Department for International Development; when these discussions took place; and what (i) spending commitment and (ii) countries were discussed on each occasion. [54142]

Mr. Straw: I (and my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook)), have met colleagues in the Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development to discuss the global pool on 30 November 2000, 15 March 2001 and 25 February 2002. We decided priority regions and themes for the pool as well as discussing administrative procedures for the pool. The current priorities for the global pool are Afghanistan, the Balkans, Belize/Guatemala, Indonesia/ East Timor, central and eastern Europe, Russia/FSU, middle east, South Asia, small arms and light weapons, UN reform, OSCE/Council of Europe reform, and EU civilian crisis management.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development, who chairs the Africa Pool Ministerial Group, has met colleagues on 25 October 2000, 7 December 2000, 27 February 2001, 23 July 2001, 22 October 2001, 10 December 2001 and 4 February 2002. These meetings considered country and thematic

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priorities as well as management arrangements for the Africa pool. The country priorities agreed by Ministers are Sierra Leone, DRC and the Great Lakes, Sudan, Nigeria and Angola. Thematic priorities are building African peacekeeping capacity and tackling the economic causes of conflict.

In addition officials meet on a regular basis.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25 April 2002, have been spent on (a) by date and (b) by spending commitment. [54143]

Mr. Straw: A report on the activities of the pools in their first year will be published later in 2002 and will describe the programmes funded by the pools.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have benefited from the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25 April; and in what ways. [54144]

Mr. Straw: Most of the funds allocated to the global pool have been divided among a set of geographical and thematic priority areas:


The thematic priorities are of potential benefit to countries in both pools.

The Sub-Saharan Africa pool has prioritised the following areas and themes:


Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from which existing funds the money for the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25 April, was taken. [54141]

Mr. Straw: The money for the Sub-Saharan Africa and Global Conflict Prevention Pools came from relevant existing funds held by the Ministry of Defence, the

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Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office plus an additional contribution from HM Treasury.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to spend the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25 April. [54140]

Mr. Straw: Spending under the Sub-Saharan Africa and Global Conflict Prevention Pools is well under way. The PSA target of the pools is improved effectiveness of the UK contribution to conflict prevention and management as demonstrated by a reduction in the number of people whose lives are affected by violent conflicts and a reduction in potential sources of future conflict, where the UK can make a significant contribution. Activities funded by the pools are tailored to meet this target.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) size and (b) nature is of the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State in a speech to the Royal College of Defence Studies on Thursday 25 April. [54145]

Mr. Straw: Following a review of the Government's conflict prevention and resolution activities, the FCO, Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development agreed to pool relevant existing funds to allow for a more co-ordinated approach to conflict prevention and resolution activities. Two conflict prevention pools were established on 1 April 2001: Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa pool) and another for the rest of the world (global pool). The Africa pool has been allocated £50 million per annum from 2001–04 to spend on conflict prevention programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The global pool budget will be £60 million for 2001–02, £68 million for 2002–03 and £78 million for 2003–04.

In addition, the pools contribute to the additional costs of the UK assessed and non-assessed contributions to support UN and other peacekeeping and peace- enforcement operations. In 2001–02 these included commitments in Sierra Leone, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and the Iraqi no fly zones.


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