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Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to establish a certification process for the import of cotton from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 3 March 2003]: No steps are being taken to establish a certification process for the import of cotton from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Trade measures such as the introduction of a certification regime on imported products fall within the competence of the European Community and not at UK level.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which UK companies have received Export Credit Guarantees Department support relating to aviation development in Africa since 1997; and what the (a) location and (b) project type was in each case. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 14 March 2003]: ECGD has provided support for one project relating to aviation development in Africa since 1997. Support was provided to Skanska Africa who were part of a consortium upgrading Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana.
Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to implement effective regulatory import controls on natural resources from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (a) directly and (b) via other states, to the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 3 March 2003]: No steps are being taken to implement regulatory import controls on natural resources from the Democratic Republic of the Congo received into the UK directly or via other states. Trade measures such as regulatory import controls fall within the competence of the European Community and not at the UK level.
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given by the UK Government between 1980 and 1990 for the construction of the Falluja 2 chemical plant in Iraq; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 12 March 2003]: In 1985 the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) provided export credit insurance in support of a £15 million contract by UHDE Ltd., a UK subsidiary of a West German company, for the design supply and supervision of the erection and commissioning of a Chlorine-Alkali-Electrolysis plant at Falluja, Iraq.
This contract was fully investigated in the 1996 report on the inquiry into the export of defence equipment and dual-use goods to Iraq and related prosecutions by the then Sir Richard Scott (now Lord Scott of Foscote) which concluded that "a unilateral ban by the UK on the export of such plant or chemicals to Iraq would have achieved nothing useful".
Dr. Ian Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 3 March, ref. 99985, if she will list the official visits to (a) companies, (b) universities and (c) organisations by (i) the Minister for Science and (ii) the Chief Scientific Adviser in the last six months. 
Ms Hewitt: My noble Friend the Minister for Science, regularly meets representatives from various companies and institutions at his office in the Department of Trade and Industry and at other neutral venues, for example conference centres. We have defined the term 'visit' to mean an occasion when the event was hosted, wholly or in part, by the organisation at whose venue the event was held. This could mean that the Minister met at least one representative from the host organisation as part of the visit even if the actual event was for a different purpose.
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|Place||Date||Nature of visit|
|Stockholm||57 September 2002||SpeechThe Royal Institute of Technology: 175 year Jubilee|
|Rayne Institute, 5 University Street, London WC 1E 6JJ||9 September 2002||SpeechBiomedical Society|
|University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester||12 September 2002||SpeechBA Science Festival and tour|
|Royal Society||24 September 2002||Lunch meeting with Lord May|
|Washington DC, Boston, USA||38 October 2002||Speech: "Science in the UK GovernmentA View from the Centre", meet with key science figures in Washington|
|University of Sussex||9 October 2002||Speech"The Marie Jahoda Lecture" at SPRU|
|Imperial College London||28 October 2002||SpeechGraduate School at Imperial College"Science in the UK today"|
|Unilever House, London||27 November 2002||Chairman's annual reception, Unilever|
|South Africa||38 December 2002||Speech"Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference", S&T promotion|
|Royal Society, London||9 January 2003||Breakfast meeting with Lord May|
|Cambridge||6 February 2003||Tour of the British Antarctic Survey|
|London||10 February 2003||IEE board of Trustees' dinner|
|Linacre College, Oxford||13 February 2003||Speech"Linacre lecture"|
|Federation House, London||18 February 2003||Speechand dinner at the Food Association|
|Belfast and Dublin||1920 February 2003||Speech"Science at a Nation's Core: A View From The Centre of Government"|
|Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Washington DC, USA||2327 February 2003||Speech, meeting government officials, promoting UK S&T and visiting major research facilities|
|Brussels, Belgium||45 March 2003||Speech: "Fusion and the Energy Choices" for Europe Conference at the European Parliament, meeting the European Research Commissioner|
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Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 3 March, if she will list the official visits to (a) companies, (b) universities and (c) organisations by (i) the Minister for Science and (ii) the Chief Scientific Adviser in each of the last three months. 
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