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1996 - PMQT Written Answers 12th November 1996

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 12th November 1996.


PRIME MINISTER:

Anglo-French Summit

Mr. Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) the members of his Office who attended the Anglo-French summit in Bordeaux and (b) the positions they hold.

The Prime Minister: I was accompanied to the Anglo-French summit by three officials and four support staff.


Engagements

Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 12 November.

Mr. Harry Greenway: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 12 November.

The Prime Minister: This morning, I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.


Burma

Mr. Parry: To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Government of Burma regarding abuses of human rights; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: We have recently issued several statements about violations of human rights in Burma, and did so again yesterday.

In addition, our ambassador in Rangoon has expressed our grave concern at recent events in Burma on several occasions.

The EU presidency and troika Foreign Ministers also raised these concerns at meetings with the Burmese Foreign Minister on 22 July and 26 September.


Land Mines

Mr. Parry: To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from UNICEF concerning land mines in (a) Cambodia and (b) Thailand; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: As far as I am aware, none.

Mr. Parry: To ask the Prime Minister what assistance (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) non-governmental organisations have given to (a) Cambodia, (b) Laos and (c) Thailand in respect of the clearance of land mines; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: Since 1 April 1993, the British Government have committed over £5.1 million for humanitarian mine clearance activities in Cambodia, £543,000 in Laos and £5,000 in Thailand, concentrating on specific clearance projects addressing urgent humanitarian needs. Some of these projects are managed by British non-governmental organisations.

We do not have details of all non-governmental organisations' commitments to mine clearance in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.