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Results 121–140 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

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

Kim Howells: holding answer 17 July 2008 On 15 July 2008 there were six British police officers (four serving and two retired) working with the Afghan police in Kabul, including officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Ministry of Defence police. Four more officers (three serving, one retired) will deploy later this month. The Government currently have a total of 84 personnel...

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

Kim Howells: holding answer 17 July 2008 The Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Northern Ireland Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office were all involved in the deployment of police officers to Kabul, in consultation with the Afghan Drugs Inter Departmental Unit which leads on planning for these deployments.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ballistic Missiles (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 17 July 2008 There are currently 130 countries subscribing to the Hague Code of Conduct (HCOC) against ballistic missiles. The following 59 countries submitted their annual declarations for 2006: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Eritrea, Estonia,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Diplomatic Service (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 17 July 2008 As of 30 June 2007, 26 UK-based staff were employed at our embassy in Tehran in the following departments: Senior Management (2); Political and Economic (7); Press and Public Affairs (1); Commercial (2); Management and Security (6); and Visa and Consular (8). As of 30 June 2008, 24 UK-based staff were employed at our embassy in Tehran in the following...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq: Oil (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The Government are aware that the Government of Iraq and international oil companies are in the process of negotiating technical support contracts. Such contracts, and the details therein, are a sovereign issue for the Iraqi government.

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

Kim Howells: The Government use private military and security companies to provide security for our diplomatic posts and for civilian officials in Iraq. As such, they play an important role in enabling us to achieve our objectives in Iraq. Although we have held initial discussions with the Government of Iraq on ways of securing a legal basis for activities by UK armed forces in Iraq following the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Overseas Trade (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: None. It is for companies to take their own advice about their legal position.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel: Overseas Trade (21 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 have discussed this issue with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian General Delegation in London and non-governmental organisations. Several media outlets have also contacted us about the issue. We take this issue...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Saudi Arabia: Overseas Trade (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary holds regular discussions with the noble Lord Jones, Minister for Trade and Investment, on a variety of trade issues covering many countries, including Saudi Arabia. The noble Lord Jones visited Saudi Arabia from 9- 12 March 2008. He held talks with the Saudi Minister of Commerce, the Governor of Riyadh and members of the Saudi and British business...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: USA: Administration of Justice (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not raised the exercise of the principle of extraterritoriality of US jurisdiction with his US counterparts. However, Ministers and officials have been in regular contact with UK companies about applications of US extraterritoriality and officials raise issues with US interlocutors around the excessive extraterritorial reach of US jurisdiction,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Human Rights (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The UK continues to support the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). MINURSO's mandate does not include human rights monitoring, and while I have not held recent talks with MINURSO, Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials in New York and Rabat are in regular contact with MINURSO representatives. Julian Harsten, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Politics and Government (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: The UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, chaired negotiations between the parties to the dispute in June and August 2007, and January and March 2008. Progress has been slow and in his report of 14 April, the UN Secretary-General called on the parties to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations. The UK supported the UN...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western Sahara: Politics and Government (21 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed Western Sahara with his Moroccan counterpart. In my recent visit to Morocco in April, I echoed the words of the UN Secretary-General and called on all parties to engage in negotiations under the auspices of the UN in a spirit of compromise and realism. I also encouraged greater transparency in the field of human rights in Western...

Belarus (16 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: I thank the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mark Pritchard) for securing the debate and giving us the opportunity to examine a country that is deeply troubled but which lies, as he pointed out, close to the geographical heart of Europe, on the threshold of the European Union. I want to express support and sympathy to those Belarusians who were injured in the explosion at the independence day...

Belarus (16 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: Yes, I could not agree more. The question posed by the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire about what to do about the predominance of Russian gas flowing into central Europe and topping up the gas supplies that are distributed around mainland Europe is a serious one, and not just in relation to Belarus's position as a country of passage. It could do very well out of that role if proper tolls...

Belarus (16 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: There will be election monitors, some of whom will be British. I understand that the Belarusian Government have agreed to that.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Drugs (16 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 15 July 2008 The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) conducts annual surveys of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. In the North and East of Afghanistan, where security, alternative livelihoods and governance are improving, poppy cultivation fell in 2007. The number of provinces free from poppy doubled from six to 13. In 2008, the Government of Afghanistan's target is for over...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Stabilisation Unit (16 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: holding answer 15 July 2008 The Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence agreed in June that the unit should take on responsibility for recruiting, training and deploying all civilians in delivery roles in the Helmand Integrated Civilian/Military Mission (formerly the Helmand provincial reconstruction team—PRT) except the...

UK Consular Services (Laura Hill) (15 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: First, I thank the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Waterson) for securing this debate. I am grateful to him for raising the case of Laura Hill and I welcome the opportunity to outline our consular services and the assistance that we have provided to Mr. and Mrs. Hill. As the East Sussex coroner may decide to hold an inquest into Laura's death, and as I would certainly not wish to prejudice...

Written Answers — Defence: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (15 Jul 2008)

Kim Howells: I have been asked to reply. The Government hold contracts with Global Strategies Ltd. and G4S (formerly Armour Group) to deliver elements of our work with the Afghan police. The US Government contract a number of private security companies to deliver training, including Blackwater Worldwide and DynCorp International. We do not hold a full list of the companies used by other nations. A total...


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