§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 2 February 2001,Official Report, column 351W, on mercenaries, what the target date is for the completion and publication of a Green Paper on options for regulation of mercenaries. 
§ Mr. Battle
As I said in my written answer on 2 February 2001,Official Report, column 351W, work is continuing on the preparation of the Green Paper outlining options for the regulation of mercenaries and private military companies. This is a complex issue and it is important to work carefully through the details.