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Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: No new bids can be accepted into the current competition for the future use of the Dome at this advanced stage.

Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The board of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) board met on 2 and 18 May. I generally receive board papers the day before board meetings.

The Earl of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many content editors were involved by the New Millennium Experience Company in the development of the content of the Dome; who they were; what were their qualifications; and what payments, if any, were made to them.[HL3028]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) employed four content editors; Martin Newman, Tania Watson, Tim Gardom and Ben Evans. The Editors were employed on a consultancy basis on different daily rates of pay reflecting the prior relevant experience of each individual and the nature of the jobs undertaken. In each case these were individuals who were recommended to NMEC by leading design companies, board members and other advisors to NMEC. Under the terms of their contracts, NMEC is obliged to seek permission before disclosing information about terms of employment. NMEC has written to the individuals requesting permission and, once replies have been received, I will write to the noble Earl.

Mr Ben Evans

The Earl of Shrewsbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Mr Evans was appointed as a content editor of the Dome after a competitive appointment process; whether the post was advertised and interviewed for; how many applicants there were; and whether equal opportunities procedures were followed.[HL3025]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Mr Evans was initially appointed as a consultant to assist the Chief Executive and senior NMEC staff on policy development and liaison with Government. His role developed as he became more involved in aspects of the Dome's content and he took on the role of content editor. In the early days of the project it was imperative to assemble a core management team quickly who could commit themselves to a unique, time-limited project. The post was therefore not advertised.

The Earl of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In relation to the New Millennium Experience Company, whether they agree with the statement of Mr Ben Evans that he "act(s) as a kind of bridge-builder between the shareholder and the company"; and who, if anyone, currently plays the role for the sole shareholder.[HL3029]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The New Millennium Experience Company is a Non-Departmental Public Body which is in receipt of National Lottery funding and is accountable to Parliament via its shareholder. It is therefore important that adequate liaison exists between the company, the Millennium Commission, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and its shareholder. This function is carried out by NMEC's Government liaison team. When Ben Evans joined NMEC in the summer of 1997 he was, briefly, part of this team, before becoming one of a number of content editors in the autumn of that year.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6 July (WA 148), which cars are supplied to each Department by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, including the Cabinet Office; and what is the number, type and make of each vehicle.[HL3385]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The table contains theinformation requested. The Government Car and Despatch Agency has a regular turnover of vehicles; this information is correct as at today's date.

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Rover JaguarFordVauxhallNissan
800400R45DiscoveryJag/DaimlerLimousineMondeoGalaxySierraOmega VectraVectraAstraCavalierPrimera
DepartmentUKUKUKUKUKUKBelgiumPortugalBelgiumGermanyGermanyUKGermanyUKUKTotal
Cabinet Office1232512420
Crown Prosecution Service11
Department for Culture, Media and Sport3115
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions 151119
Department for Education and Employment211419
Department for International Development1113
Department of Social Security1416
Department of Trade and Industry111227
Export Credit Guarantee Department11
Foreign and Commonwealth Office3115
Department of Health13128
HM Treasury2136
Home Office235
Law Officer's Departments11
Lord Chancellor's Department134
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food3115
Ministry of Defence11
Northern Ireland Office 1124
Office of the Rail Regulator11
Office of Government Commerce11
Privy Council Office213
Scotland Office112
Treasury Solicitor11
Wales Office112
Sub Total1052050412015182406110
GCDA (includes security vehicles)25002611411208101080
Total35522111553135263416190

As at 13 July 2000


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Moluccas

Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their response to the escalation of violence in the Moluccas in Indonesia; and, in particular, whether they will ask the Government of Indonesia to do more to halt the killings of civilians in the region.[HL3149]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): I made clear our extreme concern at the serious deterioration in the violence during the House debate on Indonesia of 20 June. Since then, the Foreign Office Minister, John Battle, issued a statement on 23 June and discussed the situation with the Indonesian Ambassador on 3 July. The Head of Diplomatic Service raised our concerns directly with President Wahid in Jakarta on 4 July, and EU

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ambassadors followed up in a meeting with President Wahid on 17 July. We and others are continuing to urge the Indonesian authorities to redouble efforts. The UK has seconded a specialist to work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to establish mechanisms for managing the international humanitarian response. UNDP has recently dispatched three teams to Molucca to assess current needs. We will continue to work with the Indonesian authorities to ensure access to international humanitarian assistance.

Telegram from HM Ambassador to Japan

Viscount Goschen asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 11 July (WA 20), what is the form of the inquiry being undertaken into the

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    disclosure of a telegram from HM Ambassador to Japan; when the inquiry is expected to report; and whether its findings will be made public.[HL3349]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: An internal inquiry into the possible leak to The Times of a protectively marked telegram from our Ambassador, Sir Stephen Gomersall, in Tokyo was conducted immediately after the disclosure of the document. The telegram received a very wide distribution, not only within the FCO but also in a number of other government departments. Initial inquiries have not identified a culprit because of the large number of people who have seen the telegram throughout Whitehall. Inquiries will continue. A formal leak investigation will not be made.

UNITA: Sanctions

Lord Brookman asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What action the United Nations Secretary-General has taken to look into breaches of United Nations sanctions against the National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).[HL3414]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The UK has given full support to the ground-breaking work of Ambassador Robert Fowler, Chairman of the Angola Sanctions Committee, to ensure that UN sanctions against UNITA are made to bite. We financially supported the Angola Expert Panel to the tune of 200,000 US dollars. The panel investigated reports of sanctions breaking and reported to the UN Security Council on 15 March. The Security Council welcomed the panel's report in UN Security Council Resolution 1295, adopted on 18 April 2000.

The report gave a detailed analysis of the problem of sanctions breaking. It reports the alleged involvement of a number of individuals. For example, it states that the central figure in UNITA's external procurement and diamond trade operations is Marcelo Moises Dachala, known as "Karrica", based in Ougadougou, and that Imad Kabir "has been purchasing weapons for Savimbi which were being delivered to Kinshasa. From 1995-1996 until the fall of Andulo in October 1999, Kabir is said to have served as UNITA's primary broker for importing arms and military equipment".

Security Council Resolution 1295 (2000) requested the UN Secretary-General to establish a monitoring mechanism to collect further information and investigate relevant leads relating to allegations of violations of UN sanctions against UNITA and report to the Security Council by 18 October 2000. That mechanism has now been established. On 11 July the Secretary-General appointed five experts to serve on it.

We greatly welcome the fact that Ms Christine Gordon, a British national and independent writer, consultant and researcher, has been appointed to the monitoring mechanism, and wish her well in her important task.

Sanctions breaking must be stopped. The expert panel's report, the adoption of Security Council

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Resolution 1295 (2000) and the establishment of the monitoring mechanism show that the international community will no longer tolerate sanctions breaking.


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