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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The EU Common Position of 16 September 1999 imposing restrictive measures, including an arms embargo, against Indonesia for a fixed period of four months, expired on 17 January 2000. Following the expiry of the embargo, all applications for the export of equipment on the Military List to Indonesia will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the national criteria on arms exports and the EU Code of Conduct.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We fully support the peace process in the Western Sahara. We will do all we can to support the Secretary-General's Special Representative in his efforts to explore the prospects of agreement between Morocco and POLISARIO on the appeals process.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The UK has no specific programme to help those who have left the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) after refusing to enlist during the Kosovo war. The responsibility for all bona fide refugees rests with the country to which they have fled. In the UK all applications for asylum are considered on an individual basis in accordance with the criteria in the 1951 UN convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal : We are contributing 15 military observers to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). As with all UN peacekeeping missions, the UK will pay our assessed contributions for UNAMSIL in full, promptly and without conditions. We encourage other member states to do the same.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): On 7 January, the Home Office awarded a contract for the operation of the new voucher scheme to Sodexho Pass International.
The voucher scheme will form an essential part of the new arrangements for supporting asylum seekers which were included in the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and will come into operation on 1 April 2000. The provision of vouchers supplemented by a small weekly cash allowance will enable asylum seekers to meet their essential living needs, while reducing the incentive to economic migration inherent in a fully cash based system of support.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary intends to lay in draft next week the subordinate legislation subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary will be publishing on 19 January a draft of the Data Protection (Notification and Notification Fees)
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