Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if the Commissioners will make it their policy to increase the amount of agricultural and horticultural produce grown on land owned by the Church Commissioners. 
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits to the outer Chagos Islands by members of the Chagossian community sponsored by his Department are planned in the next 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the cost per person to the public purse of each trip. 
Gillian Merron: The British Indian Ocean Territory Administration (BIOTA) hopes to arrange two visits by Chagossians to the territory in the next 12 months. It is hoped that one of these visits will be to repair Chagossian graves in BIOT. Funding has not yet been secured but based on the cost of two similar visits in 2008, which together included 14 people, BIOTA estimate that this will amount to around £60,000.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of white collar crime have been recorded on (a) Anguilla, (b) Bermuda and (c) the Cayman Islands in each of the last five years. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money the Overseas Territories Regional Crime Intelligence System has cost in each year since its establishment. 
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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) paid for initial set-up costs in 1996 and for maintenance and support costs until 2003. The FCO also paid for licence upgrades and new servers in 2001 and 2008. From 2004 to 2007, the overseas territories paid for maintenance and support costs of £28,755 per annum. In 2008, they contributed £33,492. The total costs in 2008 paid for the system to be upgraded and maintained.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by his Department to ensure acceptable standards of maritime and aviation security in the UK Overseas Territories. 
The Department for Transport is responsible for aviation security in the UK and has a Regional Aviation and Maritime Security Adviser (RAMSA) to provide a dedicated guidance and support service to Governors, Directors of Civil Aviation (DCAs) and Port Facility Security Officers on aviation and maritime security issues in the Caribbean Overseas Territories (OTs) and Bermuda. This is supported by compliance inspection undertaken by teams drawn from the OTs with oversight maintained by TRANSEC, the Department's Transport Security and Contingencies Directorate. TRANSEC's London-based staff fulfil the same role directly in the other OTs.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the progress of UK Overseas Territories towards the signing of the tax-sharing agreements discussed at the G20 summit. 
Gillian Merron: We welcome the progress made by Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar in signing or agreeing to sign in the near future Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) that count towards meeting the international standard.
Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands should reach the internationally agreed standard by the end of May 2009. The Cayman Islands have introduced domestic legislation to allow tax information to be shared with other jurisdictions and currently have 12 jurisdictions, in addition to eight bilateral agreements, included in this approach. An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development meeting in May will determine whether unilaterally listing countries with whom they are prepared to exchange tax agreements, in conjunction with appropriate information gathering powers, can count towards their TIEA number.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of (a) St. Helena's and (b) Bermuda's gross domestic product was generated by the tourism sector in each year since 2005. 
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposed United Nations mission in the Central African Republic and Chad peace conference on Eastern Chad; and if he will make a statement. 
John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department met representatives of the Colombian Government during 2008. 
Gillian Merron: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Ministers had meetings or discussions with representatives of the Colombian Government, including President Uribe, Vice President Santos, Foreign Minister Bermudez and Defence Minister Santos on the following dates in 2008:
Sir Peter Ricketts, Permanent Under Secretary of State for the FCO, visited Colombia 17-18 December 2008, during which he met several representatives of the Colombian Government including Foreign Minister Bermudez and Defence Minister Santos.
Other FCO officials, including in Bogota, London and in multilateral Posts, hold regular meetings with Colombian Government officials as part of their regular official duties. As this information is not held centrally, it would not be possible to provide a comprehensive list of such meetings without incurring disproportionate cost.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1235W, on the Democratic Republic of Congo: peacekeeping operations, what the proposed UK support to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) will consist of; and what progress has been made on the secondment of the small number of appropriately skilled individuals from the UK to fill vacant posts on the MONUC staff. 
In addition to the five British personnel currently seconded to UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (MONUC), the UN Secretariat announced on 9 April 2009 that our candidate for the position of Deputy Force Commander slot had been accepted. He is scheduled to take up his post in May 2009, by which time the total number of UK personnel in the mission will be seven. The UK pays 7.8 per cent.
of the total cost of MONUC. In addition, the UK, through the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool, has allocated £2.5 million for conflict prevention work in DRC this financial year.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) of 11 February 2009, Official Report, column 1999W, on the Democratic Republic of Congo: peacekeeping operations; what progress has been made on securing (a) the second authorised infantry battalion, (b) two special forces companies and (c) a second formed police unit for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what discussions he has had with potential contributors. 
Gillian Merron: The UN Secretariat has secured the additional infantry and special forces capabilities from Bangladesh, Jordan and Egypt and is in discussions with potential contributors to provide the second formed police unit. These additional personnel are scheduled for deployment in July. The UK has led calls for the reinforcement of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) and lobbied troop contributing countries.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended; and what the reasons are for each such suspension. 
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 131 of the 2009 Budget Red Book, what his Department's definition is of back office activity; and what the cost to his Department of such activity was in 2008-09. 
David Miliband: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) works to the set of departmental strategic objectives (DSOs) and management and support activities. Work on DSOs one to eight is known as front-line activity. Management and support work is known as back office activity.
FCO resource accounts for the financial year 2008-09 are currently in preparation and costs are not yet available. The latest full year for which costs are available is 2007-08. At that time, the DSOs were known as strategic priorities (SPs).
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to page 131 of the 2009 Budget Red Book, what the (a) UK mission, (b) current grade and (c) planned grade is of each post which will be downgraded as part of achieving the £6.6 million of savings; in which year each downgrading will take place; and what the reasons are for each downgrading. 
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