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When Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company, first became aware that the management of NMEC had not included a calculation of the costs of closing the exhibition on 31 December 2000 in the company's business plan.[HL3878]
The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): I was first made aware that the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) had not got a proper asset register, nor calculated accurately the costs of closing, following a presentation to the Board on 22 August by PricewaterhouseCooper on the company's finances.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): As soon as we discovered James had been beaten, our Ambassador protested to the Burmese authorities. I also took immediate action and summoned the Burmese Ambassador on 27 September. We asked the Burmese authorities for the doctor from the Australian Embassy to be given immediate access to James to assess his medical condition. These representations were followed up when our Ambassador called on the Director General of Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 2 October. We will continue to make representations until James is seen by the Australian doctor.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: As soon as we discovered James had been beaten, our Ambassador protested in the strongest terms to the Burmese authorities. I also took immediate action and summoned the Burmese Ambassador on 27 September to protest at this blatant abuse of human rights. We demanded either James' immediate release or his transfer to a prison in Rangoon. These representations were followed up when our Ambassador called on the Director General of ConsularAffairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 2 October.
When our Vice-Consul in Rangoon visited James on 26 September, she reported that James had two very bruised black eyes and a suspected broken nose. We have asked the Burmese authorities for the doctor from the Australian Embassy to be given immediate access to James to assess his medical condition.
James's latest application for an appeal hearing at the High Court in Mandalay was dismissed on 19 August. Our consular staff obtained the necessary court judgments and passed these to James's lawyer on 29 September. James is now preparing to submit an application for a special appeal.
We will continue to seek a response from the Burmese to our request for James's immediate release or his transfer to a prison in Rangoon. I will not hesitate to call in the Burmese Ambassador again if the need arises.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Under Article VI of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), all states Parties undertook "to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete
At the 2000 NPT Review Conference, the United Kingdom and the other nuclear-weapon states made an "unequivocal undertaking . . . to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals leading to nuclear disarmament to which all States parties are committed under Article VI".
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The US Administration has not asked for Her Majesty's Government's agreement to make use of facilities in the UK for National Missile Defence purposes. Her Majesty's Government do not expect to receive any such request until and unless President Clinton's successor decides to proceed with the deployment of such a system.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Her Majesty's Government have conveyed their views on the possible deployment of a National Missile Defence system to the US Administration in numerous recent bilateral and multilateral discussions, as have other NATO allies.
Our views, and those of other allies, are well understood in Washington--as President Clinton made clear in announcing on 1 September his decision to leave a decision on the deployment of any such system to his successor.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Stability Pact is a long-term process to bring political and economic reform, co-operation and development to South East Europe. It is too early to say how this might include Kosovo. There, the international community has a separate mandate under UN Security Council Resolution 1244 to organise the development of provisional institutions for democratic and autonomous self-government and to support economic reconstruction.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is working in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 to promote substantial autonomy and self-government in Kosovo, pending a final settlement. The nature of that final settlement has not yet been agreed.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: According to the United Nations Secretariat, there are currently 4,174 civilian police officers deployed with the United Nations International Police (UNIP) in Kosovo, out of a total of 4,718 mandated by the Security Council. The UK has 124 police officers seconded to UNIP, with a further 20 due to deploy in November. The UK has also contributed a further 40 police officers to the OSCE Police Training School, whose current staffing level is around 200 officers out of an establishment of 211.
The United Nations and the OSCE have distributed selection standards for civilian police to all contributing states. Before being accepted on an international mission, officers must meet strict criteria concerning nationality, professional status, mental and physical health, experience, language, driving and integrity. The UN also imposes firearms handling standards in armed missions such as Kosovo. If officers are found not to meet any of these standards, they are repatriated at their state's expense.
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