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European Union

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff of EU institutions are posted to EU external representations. (263995)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial contribution the EU made to international organisations in which it has a role as (a) a participant and (b) an observer in the last 12 months. (263998)

The information required to answer this question is not held centrally, and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the members of the EU Joint Advisory Committee for Professional Incompetence are. (264002)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office do not hold this information. Under Article 9 of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities, each EU Institution can set up their own Joint Advisory Committee for Professional Incompetence, which are internal staff management bodies for those institutes. The relevant data are owned by each institution.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) cases and (b) subjects were considered by the EU Joint Advisory Committee for Professional Incompetence in 2008. (264003)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office do not hold this information. The relevant data are owned by each EU Institution and they should be approached for this information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which international institutions European Communities bodies are able to claim the alternative exercise of membership rights; and on how many occasions such bodies have exercised such rights in the last 12 months. (264004)

In the international bodies to which the European Community is a party—with or without the Member States, the extent to which the European Community exercises rights will be determined in accordance with the rules applicable to participation of a regional body in the international body concerned. It will also depend on any internal arrangements agreed between the European Community and the Member States relating to its participation in an international body.

We do not have information available on how many times the European Community may have exercised its membership right in international bodies within the last 12 months.