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Written Answers

Wednesday, 26th March 2003.

Afghanistan

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What will be the United Kingdom's participation in the joint regional teams in Afghanistan; what forces will be committed; and what are the teams' objectives.[HL2148]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos): The UK has agreed in principle to lead one of the provincial reconstruction teams, as they are now known, and possibly contribute to others. It is not possible at this point to define the precise force requirements since this will vary according to the needs of the region in which the team deploys. We hope the provincial reconstruction teams will facilitate the development of a stable and secure environment; promote security sector reform and reconstruction; and underpin the authority of the transitional administration.

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How they respond to the concerns of non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan about the precise role of the joint regional teams; whether soldiers in uniform are to carry out humanitarian aid and reconstruction work; and how this will affect the status of non-governmental organisations in the communities concerned.[HL2149]

Baroness Amos: FCO, MoD and DfID officials have held three substantive meetings with NGOs since December 2002 to discuss the provincial reconstruction team concept. This concept is still evolving: we hope that lessons being learned from three pilot US PRTs will help shape the concept in a way that will satisfy NGO concerns. We are working with the US, UN and Afghan authorities to identify the most effective way of addressing the concerns expressed so far.

Civil Court Debt

Lord Clark of Windermere asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress they have made on the review of enforcement of civil court debt.[HL2280]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): I am pleased to announce the publication of the White Paper Effective Enforcement which sets out legislative proposals to improve methods of recovery for civil

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court debt and commercial rent and a single regulatory regime for warrant enforcement agents.

It is crucial that creditors who have established a legitimate claim should be able to pursue it through a straightforward and accessible system and, if necessary, enforce a judgment by the most appropriate means. Equally, debtors who genuinely do not have the means to pay should be protected from the oppressive pursuit of their debts.

The White Paper contains detailed proposals for a single regulatory structure, unified law and a fairer fee structure for all enforcement agents to enable straightforward, effective warrant enforcement and protect vulnerable debtors who genuinely cannot pay. The paper also sets out revised procedures for attachment of earnings and charging orders and improved access to information to assist enforcement.

The paper builds on the Green Paper Towards Effective Enforcement, published in July 2001, and the responses to this consultation paper, published in May 2002.

Foreign Nationals in Prison in England and Wales

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 19 October 1999 (WA 108), whether they will publish a table to show how many foreign nationals were in prison in England and Wales at the latest convenient date.[HL2145]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): Information for 31 January 2003 is given in the table.

Population in prisons in England and Wales on 31 Janaury 2003 by nationality and sex

CountryMalesFemalesAll
All Nationalities66,6894,21470,903
British58,0423,26561,307
Foreign Nationals 7,6008958,495
Afghanistan43043
Albania72274
Algeria1410141
Andorra101
Angola36137
Anguilla101
Antarctica10212
Argentina707
Armenia404
Aruba101
Ascension Island101
Australia19423
Austria303
Bahamas404
Bangladesh1342136
Barbados30131
Belgium45651
Belize112
Bermuda202
Bhutan101
Bolivia404
Bosnia- Hercegovina617
Botswana101
Brazil191130
British India Ocean000
Bulgaria617
Burma101
Burundi202
Cambodia101
Cameroon, United Republic14216
Canada26430
Cayman Islands101
Central African Republic606
Chad101
Chile11213
China79887
Colombia1049113
Congo37239
Costa Rica101
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)202
Croatia404
Cuba202
Cyprus65166
Czechoslovakia16016
Denmark909
Djibouti101
Dominica606
Dominican Republic415
East Timor (Portuguese)101
Ecuador808
Egypt909
Estonia303
Ethiopia14014
Fiji202
Finland202
France831497
French Southern Territories303
French Guiana202
Gabon101
Gambia22022
Georgia303
Germany841094
Ghana979106
Gibraltar202
Greece24327
Grenada11112
Guatemala202
Guinea303
Guyana16319
Haiti202
Hong Kong505
Hungary20020
India23010240
Indonesia303
Iran83184
Iraq1210121
Irish Republic59742639
Israel707
Italy1006106
Ivory Coast808
Jamaica2,3724882,860
Japan101
Jordan505
Kazakhstan101
Kenya61263
Kiribati101
Korea Republic of (Sth)426
Kuwait202
Kyrgystan202
Latvia13215
Lebanon13114
Liberia516
Libya17017
Lithuania35338
Luxembourg101
Macedonia202
Malawi606
Malaysia10313
Mali101
Malta11112
Mauritania606
Mauritius707
Mexico415
Moldova15015
Mongolia202
Montserrat11213
Morocco31233
Mozambique101
Namibia101
Nepal303
Netherlands20521226
Netherlands Antilles12315
New Zealand7310
Nicaragua202
Nigeria23043273
Norway202
Oman101
Pakistan3834387
Panama101
Papua New Guinea112
Peru415
Philippines11415
Poland52557
Portugal9012102
Romania681987
Rwanda505
Sao Tome and Principe101
Saudi Arabia10111
Senegal202
Serbia213
Seychelles112
Sierra Leone45247
Singapore112
Slovakia707
Slovenia101
Somalia1815186
South Africa11625141
Spain801696
Sri Lanka1031104
St Christopher & Nevis213
St Kitts and Nevis325
St Lucia13215
St Vincent & The Grenadines606
Sudan19120
Surinam213
Sweden325
Switzerland628
Syrian Arab Republic404
Tanzania718
Territories101
Thailand246
Togo516
Trinidad and Tobago39847
Tunisia909
Turkey2061207
Turkmenistan213
Uganda45045
United Arab Emirates404
United States of America621476
USSR67168
Uzbekistan202
Venezuela31435
Vietnam35338
Virgin Islands011
Yemen Arab Republic (North)202
YemenPeoples Dem Rep (Sth)303
Yugoslavia1112113
Zaire40040
Zambia12214
Zimbabwe36440
Not recorded1,047541,101

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Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why they have not answered the Questions for Written Answer tabled on 6 March by Lord Lester of Herne Hill regarding the principles of public international law governing the manner in which military action is taken against Iraq (HL 2053) and the principles of international humanitarian law applicable to the belligerents (HL 2054).[HL2246]

The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The Questions to which the noble Lord refers were answered on 20 March 2003 (WA 41), within the recommended 14-day period.


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