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Indonesia: Use of British Military Equipment

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We take very seriously any allegation that British-built equipment is being used repressively, even when it was supplied over 30 years ago. The brief clips from the Associated Press showing the Saladins in Ambon do not show them being used oppressively. However, we have asked our embassy in Jakarta to raise the deployment of Saladin with the Indonesian authorities.

In attempting to restore law and order in Maluku, the Indonesian navy has already seized over 20 boats, thousands of weapons and detained over 500 Muslim warriors involved in the violence.

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Angola

Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When Baroness Scotland of Asthal will write to Lord Lamont of Lerwick as she undertook to do on 29 June, following her answer about the International Criminal Court (H.L. Deb., col. 1064) when she replied to a question about Angola with an answer about Rwanda.[HL3549]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: I will be happy to write to the noble Lord in answer to his question about Angola.

Handcuffs

Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What export controls they are planning to introduce on pairs of handcuffs and their individual component cuffs.[HL3735]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Government have decided to introduce a control on individual "bracelet" cuffs having an internal perimeter when fully locked in excess of 165mm and schackles (i.e., including handcuffs) made therewith. This will be made by an amendment to the Export of Goods (Control) Order. Companies wishing to export such equipment will need to apply to the Department of Trade and Industry for an export licence. Such applications will be judged on a case by case basis against the national criteria and those in the EU code of conduct.

The control remains on shackles having a maximum locked dimension exceeding 240mm overall (i.e., including cuffs and connecting chain).

Angola: Sanctions Violations

Viscount Chandos asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether violation of the United Nations sanctions against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola is continuing.[HL3693]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Sadly, we have reason to believe that violations of the sanctions against UNITA are continuing. We are aware of reports that UNITA continues to fuel its war effort by selling diamonds, and that such private sales have taken place recently in Libreville, Gabon. We have heard that another private sale may be held in Libreville within the next month. We will be raising these reports urgently with the Gabonese authorities, and urging them to do everything in their power to prevent this illicit trade. We will also be passing this information to the Chairman of the UN Angola Sanctions Committee.

We also have reason to believe that Victor Bout continues to supply arms to Angola in breach of the UN arms embargo. We call on all states to fulfil their

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international obligations to implement and enforce mandatory sanctions imposed by the Security Council of the United Nations; there can be no excuse for any state to provide support for Bout in his continued flouting of UN sanctions.

Visitors to UK: Proposed Bond

Viscount Chandos asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress they have made in relation to the proposed pilot study for financial bonds for visitors.[HL3694]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: After consultations with the Home Office, I can announce that we are unable to proceed with the scheme for the present.

Development work on detailed proposals for the pilot study has identified a number of difficult practical issues. In particular, moves toward a more flexible approach to the operation of the immigration control--including the introduction of new IT systems for issuing visas at posts overseas--have frustrated attempts to design a simple and effective scheme for providing a bond facility for visitors, and for recording their entry to and departure from the UK.

The planned pilot study in Manila and Casablanca will therefore not proceed.

Council of the European Union: Forthcoming Business

Lord Sewel asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of European Union for August; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.[HL3689]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Monthly Forecast of EU Business: August 2000

There are no European Councils scheduled for this month.

This calendar is primarily concerned with European Union matters, certain other relevant events are also included. Events and dates quoted are based on the information available on the date of issue.

European Calendar: July-December 2000

DateLocationEvent
August
There are no Councils scheduled for this month.
September
2-3EvianForeign Ministers (Informal)
3-5BiarritzAgriculture Council (Informal)
4-8StrasbourgEP Plenary
11-12ParisEducation (Informal)
15ParisEU/Ukraine Summit
9-10VersaillesECOFIN Council (Informal)
18-19BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
18BrusselsIGC Ministerial
25-26BrusselsAgriculture Council
26 (tbc)BrusselsCulture Council
28BrusselsInternal Market/Consumer Council
28BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
29BrusselsECOFIN Council
October
2ParisEU/US Ministerial Meeting
2LuxembourgTransport Council
2-7StrasbourgEP Plenary
3LuxembourgTelecommunications Council
9LuxembourgIGC Ministerial
9-10LuxembourgGeneral Affairs Council
10LuxembourgEnvironment Council
13-14BiarritzEuropean Council (Informal)
16-17LuxembourgLabour and Social Affairs Council
17LuxembourgECOFIN JHA Council
19-21SeoulEurope/Asia Summit
23ChinaEU/China Summit
23-24LuxembourgAgriculture Council
23-27StrasbourgEP Plenary
25LuxembourgEducation Council
30 (tbc)ParisEU-Russia Summit
November
3BrusselsSocial Affairs Council
3ParisEU/Canada Ministerial
5BrusselsIGC Ministerial Conclave
7BrusselsECOFIN Council
7BrusselsEnvironment Council
9BrusselsEducation/Youth Council
13-14MarseillesEuro-Mediterranean Ministerial Summit (possible)
13-17StrasbourgEP Plenary
16BrusselsResearch Council
17BrusselsFisheries Council
20-21BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
20-21BrusselsAgriculture Council
23BrusselsCulture/Audio-visual Council
23SochauxEuropean Conference Ministerial
23-24BrusselsBudget Council
27-28BrusselsECOFIN Council
27-28BrusselsLabour and Social Affairs Council
30BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
30BrusselsInternal Market/Consumers Council
29-30GaboroneEU/Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial
December
1BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
3BrusselsIGC Ministerial Conclave
4-5BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
4BrusselsTelecommunications Council
5BrusselsEnergy and Industry Council
7-8NiceEuropean Council
11BrusselsHealth Council
11-15StrasbourgEP Plenary
14-15BrusselsFisheries Council
18BrusselsEnvironment Council
18BrusselsECOFIN Council
18Not yet knownEU/United States Summit
19BrusselsEnvironment Council
19-20BrusselsAgriculture Council
19Not yet knownEU/Canada Summit
20-21BrusselsTransport Council
22BrusselsTelecommunications Council
January
12BrusselsFisheries Council (possible)
22BrusselsECOFIN
29-30BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
29-30BrusselsAgriculture Council

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Westminster Foundation for Democracy: Annual Report

Lord Puttnam asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the annual report of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.[HL3559]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Copies of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy's annual report were placed in the Library of the House on 24th July.

The foundation has continued its crucial work in building and strengthening democracy overseas during the last 12 months. In 1999-2000 the foundation managed 656 projects in almost 60 countries, working with political parties, the media, trade unions, local government, legal organisations and human rights, civil society and women's groups.

The foundation received a grant-in-aid of £4 million from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a further £460,734 of earmarked funds for specific projects and £121,669 from corporate supporters and the National Lottery Charities Board.

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Most of the foundation's activities were in its priority areas, which are Central and Eastern Europe; the Commonwealth of Independent States and Anglophone Africa. The foundation has also carried out important projects in Asia and the Middle East.

In addition to its core projects, the foundation has provided timely and effective responses to the need for technical assistance in the Balkans, especially in Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia, to take forward work on political and civic development.


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