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Results 101–120 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

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

Kim Howells: The UK continues to make clear that all Israeli settlements in occupied territory are illegal under international law. On 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 140, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary told the House that "I have made the Government's position clear from this Dispatch Box on many occasions: the requirement on all sides to live up to their Roadmap commitments does...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan: Christianity (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The UK supports freedom of religion and condemns instances where individuals are persecuted or exploited because of their faith. With our EU partners, we raised our concerns over the situation of religious minorities in Pakistan in July.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Saudi Arabia: Prisoners (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: We have made regular representations to the Government of Saudi Arabia, including by our ambassador in Riyadh, regarding the fact that Mr. Geloo has been held without charge. We will continue to do so. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised this case during his trip to Saudi Arabia on 22 April. The Saudi authorities have told us that they intend to charge Mr. Geloo and that they...

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

Kim Howells: In our view, the substantial threat which Sri Lanka faces from domestic terrorism and the Sri Lankan Government's abrogation of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement, in favour of a policy of military suppression of terrorism, have been major contributory factors to the current levels of violence. The UK's view is that military action alone cannot resolve the conflict; the violence is too high a price...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Venezuela: Drugs (15 Sep 2008)

Kim Howells: The former Minister of State for Latin America, my noble Friend Lord Triesman, held useful discussions with the Venezuelan Minister for Europe in June 2007 on the importance of tackling together the flow of cocaine through Venezuela. I held discussions on the issue during my visit to Venezuela in October 2006. Officials from our embassy in Caracas, including our ambassador, continue to hold...

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

Kim Howells: The UK welcomes closer co-operation between the EU and Morocco, including the proposal for an Advanced Status Agreement currently under discussion between EU member states, the EU Commission and Morocco. The Agreement will provide for enhanced dialogue and practical co-operation on economic and commercial issues, justice and security, regional co-operation, cultural and educational...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Officers from the Ministry of Defence Police working in the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, the US command structure responsible for security sector reform in Kabul (CSTC-A) receive a total of £4,750 in taxable allowances in addition to their salary per calendar month. Other British police officers working within the CSTC-A or the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan receive an...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Guided Weapons (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The Government have not held any discussions specifically about the Iranian missile tests with middle eastern governments. However, we have a regular and ongoing dialogue with them at political and official level that includes how to respond to the threat to regional security posed by Iran and that will include developments such as this. We have made clear publicly that the tests only serve...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Guided Weapons (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: We have not discussed the recent missile tests with the Iranian government, although we have made clear publicly that we feel the tests were an unwelcome move which can only serve to reinforce international concerns about Iranian intentions.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Guided Weapons (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The Government have not held any discussions specifically about the Iranian missile tests with Israel, Russia or the US. However, we have a regular and ongoing dialogue with them at political and official level that includes how to respond to the threat to regional security posed by Iran and that will include developments such as this. We have made clear publicly that the tests only serve to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Asylum (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: 220 applications for assistance under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance Scheme have been received from currently employed staff. Of these 183 were from staff of the Ministry of Defence, 24 from staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and 13 from staff of the Department for International Development.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 21 July 2008 There has been one allegation of misconduct by the Iraqi authorities against a private military and security company contracted by the Government to work in Iraq. A complaint was made in February 2008 that a weapon was discharged from a vehicle owned by a private military and security company contracted by the Government. We carried out an investigation and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Radioactive Materials (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: I can confirm that the US Administration did seek permission from the Administration of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and gave prior notification in respect of the transport of natural uranium ("yellowcake") through Diego Garcia for onward shipment to Canada. The BIOT Administration agreed to facilitate the shipment in order to assist its removal from Iraq, where its continued...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Overseas Trade (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: We are concerned that goods from illegal Israeli settlements may be entering the UK under false pretences and without paying the correct customs duties. We take this issue seriously and have alerted HM Revenue and Customs to it so that they can take appropriate action. We have not had direct discussions with retailers or trade bodies.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mediterranean Region: EU External Relations (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 21 July 2008 My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary attended the Paris Summit from 12- 13 July to launch the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean. He held a range of bilateral meetings but was unable to find an opportunity to meet with the Algerian representatives. At this first summit for the Union for the Mediterranean, talks focused on the development of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Armed Conflict (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Settlement expansion has a negative impact on the peace process and the EU's aim of achieving a Palestinian State. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said at his press conference in Bethlehem on 20 July, "we want to see a freeze on settlements. Settlement expansion has made peace harder to achieve. It erodes trust, it heightens Palestinian suffering, it makes the compromises Israel...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Peace Negotiations (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: We strongly support the declaration of the Union for the Mediterranean calling on all member states to pursue a Middle East zone free from weapons of mass destruction. We are working intensively with Israel and other states in the Middle East for a comprehensive regional peace settlement, and to ensure that Iran complies with its UN Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East: Weapons (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: We strongly support the principle of establishing a Middle East zone free from weapons of mass destruction. We co-sponsored the resolution on the Middle East adopted at the 1995 non-proliferation treaty review conference and have consistently supported similar resolutions at the First Committee of the UN General Assembly. Our first priority is peace and stability in the region, including a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (22 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) has served the international community well. It remains the foundation of international non-proliferation efforts and a key contribution to collective peace and security. The UK does not plan to reopen the NPT for negotiation. But we are committed to a successful NPT review conference in 2010 and will work to promote consensus around key measures to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: We aim to provide 20 British personnel to the European Security and Defence Policy mission to Afghanistan. As at 17 July 2008, 15 British police officers (five serving and 10 retired) had accepted posts in the mission. We await the outcome of further nominations.


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