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Sierra Leone

30. Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards Sierra Leone. [95609]

Clare Short: Britain's policy towards Sierra Leone is directed at building a lasting peace and security and promoting poverty reduction and sustainable development.

For the sake of its beleaguered and war-weary people, we are doing all we can to support the implementation of the peace settlement signed at Lome on 7 July 1999. Our first priority, in common with the rest of the international community, is to help create security and stability through the urgent implementation of the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme. As well as providing humanitarian assistance directly to communities and to the refugees of war we are also providing emergency budgetary support to enable the country meet its debt servicing obligations, a pre-requisite to obtaining IMF and other financial support. My Department is also preparing a development programme which will contribute towards the establishment of effective government, at local and national levels.

Departmental Publications

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the title of research studies, audits and surveys (a) being undertaken and (b) commissioned by her Department for completion within (i) 1999 and (ii) 2000, stating in each case whether the results are due to be published. [95510]

Clare Short: The number of research studies, audits and surveys being undertaken or commissioned by the Department in 1999 and 2000 is too large to list (at acceptable cost). Research studies are published. Audits and surveys may be for internal purposes in which case

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they are not normally published; or they may be carried out on behalf of an overseas government, whose permission would need to be sought for publication.

Angola

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money the United Nations has calculated is necessary to meet current humanitarian needs in Angola; how much has been offered in response to the appeal; and how much the British Government have offered. [96081]

Clare Short: The resumption of fighting in December 1989 in Angola has led to a significant increase in the number of internally displaced and war-affected people. The original requirement of the 1999 UN Appeal for Angola, US$66,665,852, has been revised upwards to US$110,840,321 as the levels of humanitarian need became apparent. As of October 1999, total funds available amounted to US$82,127,986. The UK has committed £1.7 million through UN agencies towards the 1999 UN Appeal and we are also providing some £3.75 million for food aid through WFP. We have also committed a further £1.8 million through international Non Governmental Organisations and the International Committee for the Red Cross in 1999.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people in Angola are calculated to be in need of humanitarian help; and how many people current humanitarian services are reaching. [96082]

Clare Short: The number of internally displaced and people affected by the conflict in Angola has increased significantly since the resumption of fighting in December 1998. According to the United Nations, there are approximately two million people in need of humanitarian relief. In addition the UN estimate that there are three million people living in areas that are inaccessible and whose condition therefore cannot be assessed.

In October, the World Food Programme distributed food aid to a total of 1.12 million people.

Macedonia and Albania

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the progress being made in assisting Macedonia and Albania to recover from the consequences of the war in Kosovo; what specific projects are being funded; and if she will place detailed documents on these matters in the Library. [96083]

Clare Short: We are contributing towards the care and protection needs of remaining refugees in Albania and Macedonia, ensuring that outstanding pledges and promises made to refugee-hosting communities are fully honoured and taking forward pledges of longer term bilateral technical assistance.

For this calendar year, the European Union has a planned expenditure of 56.5 million for Albania and 22.1 million euro for Macedonia. The United Kingdom contributes 15.5 per cent. to the EU budget.

In Macedonia a medium term strategy is being developed. So far we have been developing support centres for small and medium enterprises in the regions

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of Gostivar, Tetevo and Ohrid; providing advice to the Government of Macedonia on short term budget management, financial planning and accountability issues; and working with the World Bank to develop a longer term programme of reform for public expenditure and institutional structures within the Government. We will be providing training on EU negotiating skills.

In Albania we are supporting the development of rural communities in the north of the country; providing strategic advice to the Albanian Customs Service as part of a wider European Commission programme; supporting the establishment of a network of citizen's advice and information centres; and, in co-operation with the World Bank, working to improve primary health care in the Tirana region. A mission will be undertaken this month to develop future strategy.

We commissioned a study of the post-crisis trade environment in the Balkans, which identified the trade development needs of countries in the region and proposed ways in which these might be met. This study is being placed in the Library. Country strategies will be made available as they are completed.

WALES

Ministerial Engagements

Mr. Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list his engagements for 2, 5, 6, 8, 12 and 13 July; [94041]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Prior to my appointment as Secretary of State for Wales, on the dates in question I carried out my duties as Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office.

The former Secretary of State carried out duties in both his capacity as Secretary of State and First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales.

Mr. Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list the engagements of the hon. Member for Neath (Mr. Hain) and the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central (Mr. Jones) for 2, 5, 6, 8, 12 and 13 July; [94042]

Mr. Paul Murphy: My hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, Central (Mr. Jones) attended a Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 event on 5 July. On the other dates, he was involved in Government business and constituency responsibilities.

My hon. Friend the Member for Neath (Mr. Hain) attended the Motorsport Industry Awards on 12 July; receptions for Carlton Media, S4C and Unison on 13 July. On the other dates, he was engaged on Government business and constituency responsibilities.

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My hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, Central undertook official engagements at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells on 19 July. On the other days, he was engaged on Government business, or undertook constituency responsibilities.

My hon. Friend the Member for Neath was engaged on Government business and constituency responsibilities on these dates.

Nursing

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what initiatives are being pursued to attract more young people into nursing in Wales; and what is the cost of these initiatives. [96253]

Mr. Hanson: The responsibility for recruitment of nurses in Wales rests with the National Assembly for Wales. I understand however that there are currently significant more applications to join the nursing profession in Wales, than there are places available.

Departmental Accounts

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the methods of depreciation his Department will apply in the current financial year to fixed assets in the preparation of departmental resource accounting balance sheets. [96927]

Mr. Paul Murphy: For any assets which are depreciated, the straight-line method is applied. This method is in accordance with the Treasury's Resource Accounting manual, and the requirements in the Manual are underpinned by Financial Reporting Standard 15, 'Tangible Fixed Assets'.

Cabinet Committees

Mr. Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on which Cabinet committees (a) he and (b) his Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State sit. [96987]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The information is given in the following list:



















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