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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the prohibitions on the use of (a) riot control agents and (b) other disabling chemicals as a method of warfare contained in the Chemical Weapons Convention 1993 would apply to potential conflict in the Gulf. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: All States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have undertaken not to use any toxic chemical or its precursor, including riot control agents (RCAs), as a method of warfare. This
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applies in any armed conflict. RCAs are defined in the CWC as any chemical not listed in a Schedule which can produce rapidly in humans sensory irritation or disabling physical effects which disappear within a short time following termination of exposure. (A chemical listed in a Schedule is one identified for the application of verification measures under the CWC.)
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of representations to the Indian Government in the case of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We have made no specific representations to the Government of India over the case of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar. In conjunction with the EU, we have demarched India about their use of the death penalty most recently in June 2001. We continue to follow Professor Bhullar's case closely, and are in discussions with EU partners over possible courses of action to take. Foreign Office officials met Professor Bhullar's wife on 12 February to discuss the case.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes he has made to guidance on export licensing, with particular reference to sales of defence equipment and technology to India, following the India-Iran defence cooperation agreement signed on 19th January. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: There has been no change to the Government's policy for considering arms export licence applications for India in light of any defence cooperation between India and Iran. We continue to consider all applications on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and the prevailing situation. All export licences will continue to be issued subject to the condition that the stated end-user will not re-export the equipment to a third country or end-user outside the terms of the licence.
Mr. Yeo : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list consultations his Department has conducted since 1997; and when each consultation (a) opened and (b) closed. 
2. International Criminal Court: Consultation on draft legislation. Presented to Parliament on 1 August 2000 and closed on 12 October 2000. The website address is http://www.fco.gov.uk/Files/kfile/icc.pdf
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3. Private Military Companies: Options for Regulation. Presented to Parliament on 12 February 2002 and closed on 12 August 2002. The website address is:
4. Strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Countering the Threat from Biological Weapons. Presented to Parliament on 12 February 2002 and closed on 13 September 2002. The website address is:
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the (a) market value and (b) same use value of FCO-owned land and buildings; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the (a) same use value and (b) market value of the FCO properties at (i) Buenos Aires, Argentina, (ii) Bridgetown, Barbados, (iii) Santiago, Chile, (iv) Alexandria, Egypt, (v) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (vi) Helsinki, Finland, (vii) Bordeaux, France, (viii) Lyon, France, (ix) Marseilles, France, (x) Paris, France and (xi) Strasbourg, France; what plans he has to sell these properties; and if he will make a statement. 
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I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him today, UIN 98441, for details of individual properties at these posts which are in the process of being sold, or which are currently being considered for sale.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the (a) same use value and (b) market value of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office properties at (i) Whitehall/King Charles Street, London, (ii) Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes, (iii) Old Admiralty Building, Whitehall, (iv) 1 Carlton Gardens, London and (v) Lancaster House, London; and what plans he has to sell these properties; and if he will make a statement. 
(b) Hanslope Park: EUV £11.5 million, OMV £11.5 million
(c) Old Admiralty Building: EUV £25 million, OMV £25 million.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to sell FCO properties in (a) Hong Kong, (b) Singapore and (c) France; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which FCO properties his Department is (a) contracted to sell and (b) trying to sell; what sales proceeds are expected in each year to 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Rammell: The FCO has currently outstanding instructions to proceed to the exchange of contracts for the sale of six properties overseas. We have also instructed agents to offer a further 23 properties for sale. I am withholding part of the information requested Under Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information (Third Party's Commercial Confidence), as valuations remain confidential until contracts are exchanged in order to maximise the return from sales.
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|Sale considered or under way but not yet in contract:|
|Kuala Lumpur||432 Jalan Tun Razak|
|Nairobi||2 Kenya Road|
|Nairobi||3 Kenya Road|
|Port Louis||Trent Lodge|
|Pretoria||218 Crown Avenue|
|Tunis||Part of Habous Field|
|Madrid||Avenida Ahones 9|
|Madrid||Chalet 33 La Moralejo|
|Madrid||Flat 4 floor 5 Cerro de Castanar|
|Paris||Flat 146 34 Marc Chagall|
|Paris||Flat 148 34 Marc Chagall|
|Budapest||Flat 1 Kikelet|
|Budapest||Flat 2 Kikelet|
|Budapest||Flat 3 Kikelet|
|Caracas||Office Torre Las Mercedes|
|New York||4 East 66th Street|
|Madrid||Cerro de Valdematin|
|Kiev||Plot Redbouutnaya Street Street 9|
|Washington||76 Kalorama Drive|
|In contract but not yetcompleted:|
|Port of Spain||36 Elizabeth Street|
|Capetown||91 Parliament Street|
|Madrid||Flat 4 floor 4 Cerro de Castanar|
|Bridgetown||DS10 House 4 Square|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used to decide whether to possess an embassy or consular building in a particular (a) city and (b) country; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Rammell: If accommodation is required in a particular city or country, the value for money offered by freehold purchase as opposed to leasing is assessed by comparing the costs and benefits of the two options using the techniques prescribed by the Treasury's guidance on appraisal and evaluation in Central Government (the "Green Book"). A decision to purchase a property freehold or long leasehold will also depend on whether the requirement is permanent, whether foreign governments are permitted to acquire such interests and whether, in practice, they are available on the market, and whether a purchase can be funded from the FCO's budget for capital investment.
In addition to using Treasury Appraisal techniques when deciding whether or not to purchase property freehold, the FCO monitors the value for money provided by its existing freehold and long leasehold estate using similar criteria to check that the retention of an owned property remains a better option than leasing.
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