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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate the cash limit for Class II, Vote 2 (Other External Relations) will be increased by £17,945,000 from £229,815,000 to £247,760,000. The increase is required to cover UK contributions to certain OSCE, United Nations and WEU Missions of £26,429,000. This will be partly offset by recoveries of £5,000,000 from the United Nations. There is a reduction of £3,788,000 because of a negative Overseas Price Movement. This will be partly offset by transfers in of £304,000, a total of £204,000 from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Class V, Vote 2 and Class VI, Vote 3), Department of Trade and Industry (Class IV, Vote 1) and the Ministry of Defence (Class I, Vote 1) in respect of their contributions to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea following UK accession, and a further £100,000 from the Ministry of Defence (Class I, Vote 1) in respect of their contribution to the grant-in-aid to the Atlantic Council of the UK.
The cash limit for Class II, Vote 1 (Overseas Representation) will be reduced by £16,850,000 from £628,876,000 to £612,026,000. This reduction takes account of negative Overseas Price Movements of £20,742,000 (£10,095,000 running costs, £10,417,000 other current and £230,000 capital) which has offset a £4,000,000 running cost claim to cover major international conferences. There have also been three transfers to other government departments: £10,000 to the Cabinet Office (Class XVIII, Vote 2) for information work; £137,000 to the Department for International Development (Class II, Vote 5) for Know How Fund staff and £4,000 to the Privy Council Office (Class XVIII, Vote 3) to help fund the new UK Anti Drugs Co-ordinator and his Deputy. These have been partially offset by two transfers in; £25,000 from the Ministry of Defence (Class I, Vote 1) and £18,000 from the Northern Ireland Office (Class XV, Vote 1) for the Whitehall District Heating System.
The gross running costs limit on Class II, Vote 1 will be reduced by £6,701,000 from £534,813,000 to £528,112,000. The Wilton Park section of the Vote has been increased by £498,000 gross running costs, £29,000 other current, £65,000 capital and £351,000 appropriations in aid. These increases have been fully
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: In the Strategic Defence Review and elsewhere, the Government are examining all aspects of their nuclear policy. This examination includes measures advocated by the Carnegie Commission, such as de-alerting and related concepts.
Several of the Carnegie Commission's recommendations are already government policy. The Government hope to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty this year and have committed themselves to support for a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Ministers and officials of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have regular meetings to discuss a wide range of policy and operational matters. Likewise, co-ordination with other departments is conducted on a regular basis by Ministers and officials as necessary.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I refer to my Answers of 1 December regarding UNSCOM's operating costs. Iraq is not under military occupation. Security Council Resolution 687 makes it clear that, when the Security Council is satisfied that Iraq has fully complied with the requirement to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction and is co-operating fully with UNSCOM over Ongoing Monitoring and Verification, the restrictions on exports from Iraq will be lifted.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: UNSCOM's remit under Security Council Resolution 687 (SCR 687) is to oversee, in conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the dismantling of Iraq's arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and to maintain a monitoring programme to ensure that it is never rebuilt. SCR 687 takes note that Iraqi compliance will represent a step towards the goal of establishing in the Middle East a zone free from weapons of mass destruction, a concept we have consistently supported.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Foreign Secretary's statement applies to all British Dependent Territory Citizens (BDTCs). In considering this matter further, the Government will take account of the unique circumstances of BDTCs from the British Indian Ocean Territory.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: There are about 63 judgments of the International Court of Justice. Copies of the UN Publication Summaries of Judgements, Advisory opinions and Orders of the International Court of Justice: 1948-1991, and of the Court's Annual Reports to the General Assembly for the following years are held in the House of Commons Library.
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