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Overseas Territories Governors and Parliamentary Delegations

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): During the week of the visit by the UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to its Cayman Islands counterpart, the Governor was undertaking duty calls in London. The Acting Governor received the delegation in the style and manner that the Governor would have done if he had been in the Territory and full courtesies were extended to the delegation. In the case of Gibraltar, at the time of a visit of a group of Parliamentarians at the invitation of the Government of Gibraltar, the Governor was away from the territory for a week, his first opportunity to take leave since his arrival in the territory in April. Those organising the visit did not take up the offer of a meeting with the Acting Governor.

European Union: Forthcoming Council Business

Lord Taylor of Blackburn asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: To date we have received the detailed agendas for the following Council meetings in November: 7 November--Brussels--ECOFIN Council

Adoption of the agenda.

Approval of the list of "A" items.

Follow-up to the Lisbon European Council meeting.

Adoption of the joint Council-Commission report assessing European financial instruments for risk capital.

Discussion of the Commission proposal for implementation of the action plan for risk capital and monitoring indicators.

Adoption of the report on structural performance indicators.

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Discussion of the progress report on the quality and sustainability of public finances.

Discussion of the EPC progress report on the financial and microeconomic impact of ageing.

Preparation for the Nice European Council meeting (poss.) Exchange-rate strategies of countries applying for membership.

Other business.

7 November-Brussels-Environment

Adoption of the agenda.

Approval of the list of "A" items (*).

Community strategy on climate change.

Strategy debate prior to COP6/preparation for COP6.

Draft Council conclusions.

Commission progress report on the European climate change programme.

Other business (*) including in particular the Council conclusions on the negotiations for a legally binding international instrument to apply international measures to certain persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

9 November--Brussels--Education Youth

Adoption of agenda.

(poss.) Approval of the list "A" items


(a) Proposal for a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobility--within the Community for students, persons undergoing training, volunteers, teachers and trainers --Political agreement

5600/00 EDUC 8 SOC 28 JEUN 3 CODEC 59

12020/00 CODEC 736 EDUC 133 SOC 318 JEUN 53

(b) Mobility Action Plan

Adoption of a Resolution

Preliminary draft report on future objectives of education systems

Presentation by the Commission and discussion

Follow-up to the Leiden seminar on open co-ordination and benchmarking as applied to European education systems

Information from the Presidency and the Commission

Contribution to the Luxembourg process

Adoption of a contribution from the Council (Education) to the Council (Employment and Social Policy)

Social agenda

Adoption of a contribution of the Council (Education) to the Council (Employment and Social Policy)

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Follow-up to the meeting of the EU-Latin American Ministers for Higher Education in Paris on 3 November 2000

Information from the Presidency

Memorandum on life-long learning

Presentation by the Commission

Commission information points

(a) Progress reached in the implementation of the European Year of Languages 2001

(b) Renewal of the United States-Canada-EU co-operation agreements in the field of education and training

(c) Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Eurydice information network and of the 25th anniversary of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

(d) Information from the Presidency on the outcome of the Blois seminar entitled "Learn the history of Europe" (13 to 15 October 2000)

Young people and Europe: what follow-up measures should be taken following consultations with young people in Europe? (public debate)

Implementation of the YOUTH programme

Information from the Commission and exchange of views

Social inclusion of young people: Resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council


Protection of the young involved in sport-- Information from the Commission and exchange of views

Measures to combat racism in the young Contribution by the German delegation.

Other business

16 November--Brussels--Research Council

European Space research

Commision communication on the realisation of the European space research programme

Lisbon follow up. Work in progress on:

Benchmarking (indicators), infrastructures and research, science and society, plan of action e-Europe

Exchange of views

Option of council resolution

Commission paper on European space strategy.

Presentation by the Commission.

Exchange of views

Adoption of council resolution.

Negotiating mandate relating to legal entity of the ITER

For Approval (false B points)

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Other Business

Information from the Commission on "The innovation of a knowledge based economy".

Presidency information on the academy of sciences-- Alpha Galileo report

In addition, there will be the following Council meetings for which agendas are not yet available.

3--Brussels--Social Affairs Council

10--Brussels--Development Council.

15-16--Brussels--Euro-Med Ministerial.

17--Brussels--Fisheries Council.

20-21--Brussels--General Affairs Council.

20-21--Brussels--Agriculture Council.

23--Brussels--Culture/Audio-visual Council.

23-24--Brussels--Budget Council.

27-28--Brussels--ECOFIN Council.

27-28--Brussels--Labour and Social Affairs Council.

30--Brussels--Justice and Home Affairs Council.

30--Brussels--Internal Market/Consumer/Tourism Council.

The following are the principal events in the EU between 30 November and April 2001 (certain relevant events are also included: the list is based on the information available at the date of issue):

1BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
3BrusselsIGC Ministerial Conclave
4-5BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
4BrusselsTelecommunications Council
5BrusselsEnergy and Industry Council
7-9NiceEuropean Council
11BrusselsHealth Council
11-15StrasbourgEP Plenary
14-15BrusselsFisheries Council
18-19BrusselsEnvironment Council
18BrusselsECOFIN Council
18WashingtonEU/United States Summit
19-20BrusselsAgriculture Council
19OttawaEU/Canada Summit
20-21BrusselsTransport Council
22BrusselsTelecommunications Council
12BrusselsFisheries Council (Possible)
19BrusselsECOFIN Council
22-23BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
29BrusselsBudget Council (Possible)
8-9BrusselsJHA Informal Council
12BrusselsECOFIN Council
12BrusselsEducation/Youth Council (Possible)
12BrusselsResearch Council
15-17BrusselsInformal Employment/Telecommunications Council
19-20BrusselsAgriculture Council
26-27BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
6BrusselsEmployment and Social Affairs Council
8BrusselsEnvironment Council
12BrusselsECOFIN Council
12BrusselsInternal Market/Consumer Council
15BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
16BrusselsJustice and Home Affairs Council
19BrusselsAgriculture Council
19BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
20BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
20-21BrusselsFisheries Council (possible)
23-24StockholmEuropean Council
31-1BrusselsMeeting of Environment Ministers
5-6BrusselsTransport/Telecommunications Council
8-10BrusselsGeneral Affairs Council
8-10BrusselsAgriculture Council (Informal)
24-25BrusselsAgriculture Council

Cuba: Consular Access to Detained Britons

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have sought an explanation from the Cuban Government for its failure to allow officials from the British Embassy immediate access to the seven detained Britons in Cuba; and, if so, what was the response.[HL4451]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: My honourable friend Peter Hain MP summoned the Cuban Charge d'Affaires on 25 October and requested an explanation for the lack of consular access. The Charge said that the British Embassy in Havana had applied for access through the normal channels of Protocol Division of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs but that such applications took time to process. He claimed that it had not been clear that immediate access was sought.

Mr Hain told the Charge that this explanation was not satisfactory and that lack of consular access was in breach of the Vienna Convention.

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