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Results 81–100 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: In addition to our assessed contribution of £5,490,370 (financial year 200-08), the UK meets all personnel-related costs of seconding British officers to the EU Police mission in Afghanistan. As at July 2008, this amounted to a spend of £959,000 on seconded personnel.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 22 July 2008 As at July 2008, the EU Police Mission to Afghanistan (EUPOL) was making steady progress towards full deployment and had a presence in 14 provinces. The Mission is developing important working relationships with the US police teaming programme. Personnel from EUPOL are also working with the International Policing Co-ordination Board to develop a shared vision for...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Police (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 22 July 2008 At 28 March 2008, according to figures provided by the US, total strength of the Afghan police was approximately 78,000 personnel and the force was deployed in every province in Afghanistan. The International Policing Coordination Board (IPCB) is working to develop a vision for the Afghan police that will define its future role in both law enforcement and counter...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia: Detainees (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: Pursuant to my answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 932-33W, during the course of our most recent exchanges, the US have confirmed to us that they have not held any detainees on ships within the territorial waters of Diego Garcia since 11 September 2001. They have also informed us that they do not operate detention facilities for terrorist suspects onboard ships. US naval...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gaza: Energy (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The EU provided €89.5 million in fuel to the Gaza power station over the period 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008. This funding was provided by the European Commission. All payments were made after the delivery of the fuel took place.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Politics and Government (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has had three meetings with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, in the last year—in the margins of the UN General Assembly in September 2007, in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 26 January 2008 and in the margins of the Iraq Neighbours Conference in Kuwait on 22 April 2008. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Asylum (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: Five former interpreters and their families who moved to Amman on 21 April have now arrived in the UK. The other cases are being processed as quickly as possible but clearance procedures have not yet been completed. We are working to secure assurances that the individuals will be granted permission to remain in Jordan until the processing of their cases is completed. The Government will...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Asylum (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: Applications received from former locally engaged staff for assistance under the Gateway Programme are being processed as quickly as possible. As at July 2008, applications from thirteen former staff and their families had been approved.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Asylum (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: Not having completed 12 months employment as locally engaged (LE) members of staff was the most common reason why former LE staff who had applied for assistance were subsequently assessed as being ineligible.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Asylum (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The number of applications received from each of the countries, together with the number approved for assistance, is as follows: Number Total Approved Rejected Jordan 4 2 2 Syria 28 13 15 United Arab Emirates 5 4 1 Bahrain 1 0 1 Kuwait 2 1 1 Lebanon 1 0 1 Canada 3 1 2 Thailand 1 0 1 Germany 1 0 1 Denmark 6 3 3 Sweden...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: EU External Relations (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: Under the auspices of the EU/Israel Association Council, on 16 June, a broad range of areas for closer engagement was identified, as set out in the Association Council statement. Israel will be represented in working groups in the areas established by the Association Council.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: EU Trade (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: It has been brought to our attention that goods from illegal Israeli settlements may be entering the UK under false pretences and without paying the correct customs duties. We have discussed this issue with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian General Delegation in London and non-governmental organisations. We take this issue seriously and have alerted HM Revenue and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: EU Trade (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: Palestinian goods from the Palestinian Territories benefit from preferential customs arrangements through the EU-Palestinian Interim Association Agreement. However, obstacles to movement are such that virtually no produce has been imported in this way. We take seriously reports that agricultural products produced on illegal settlements in the West Bank are exported via Israel with the goods...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Human Rights (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The EU proposed to upgrade the current Human Rights working group into a formal political sub-committee at the EU-Israel Association Council of 16 June. There has been no formal response from Israel. The exact structure, operating procedures and reporting policy require the agreement of both parties.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Human Rights (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The informal working group on human rights, on 30 April, discussed a wide range of the EU's concerns with Israel's human rights record. To encourage a full and frank discussion of the issues, a public record of the meeting and its outcomes is not released.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Law (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The UK abides by its commitments under international law, including the UN Convention Against Torture, and expects all other countries to comply with their international obligations. We have made it clear that we consider settlement building anywhere in the occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, as illegal under international law and that we are deeply concerned by recent...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Overseas Students (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The Erasmus Mundus exchange programme is a scheme run by the European Commission. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not hold any information on the participants in this programme.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Peace Negotiations (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 21 July 2008 The UK provides strong political support to the peace process urging both sides to negotiate towards a two-state solution and to put a stop to their actions which undermine it. In particular, we urge the parties to address the restrictions that Israel imposes on the movement and access of Palestinians and the ongoing violent attacks perpetrated by Palestinian...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Occupied Territories: Housing (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The deadline, as set out in phase 1 of the Roadmap, to freeze all settlement activity was May 2003. We do not hold figures on the number of outposts that have been dismantled. The Israeli withdrawal from Gaza involved the removal of the Israeli settlements and outposts there, but settlements continue to expand in the West Bank. We have repeatedly called on all parties to meet their Roadmap...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Occupied Territories: Housing (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: We do not keep a breakdown of the number of housing units which are built in settlements. However, we are very concerned that there have been a number of new housing tenders issued for illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the Annapolis Conference in November 2007. We continue to make clear to the Israeli Government that we view all Israeli settlements in the...


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