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Female Education

Mr. Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what ways her Department supports the education of girls in poorer countries; and if she will make a statement. [143124]

Clare Short: Education of girls is probably the single most effective investment in development that any country can make. We are strongly committed to the international development targets of achieving universal

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primary education by 2015 and gender equity in primary and secondary schooling by 2005. Our three-fold strategy involves (i) contributing to the development and co-ordination of international policies and programmes designed to achieve education for all; (ii) strong, well-targeted country programmes--with priority to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia--which will provide assistance to Governments and civil societies committed to universal primary education and gender equality; and (iii) research strategies that will contribute to the ability of the international community, to share experience and monitor progress. Over the last three and a half years, we have committed over £400 million to support primary education programmes, all with a strong focus on gender equality. We will do more.


Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action the Government have taken to assist Government and non-Governmental organisations in Kenya to tackle the environmental and economic problems resulting from the drought in that country. [143384]

Clare Short: This financial year, we are spending a total of £15.5 million on drought relief in Kenya. Of this, £12 million has been contributed to the World Food Programme's Emergency Operation for the purchase of food and nutritional supplements for distribution by NGOs to the worst-affected communities. The balance is being given to the Food and Agricultural Organisation, UNICEF and NGOs to distribute agricultural inputs including seeds; for emergency water supplies and environmentally friendly borehole and waterpoint rehabilitation; for further child nutritional support, and for livestock vaccination and other assistance to pastoralists affected by the drought.


Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the South African Government's policy on authorising the generic version of fluconazole in the treatment of Aids related infections. [142196]

Clare Short: Fluconazole is a useful drug in the treatment of certain opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS. The Government of South Africa has given permission for the generic version of fluconazole to be administered in exceptional circumstances on a named patient, named condition based. This limited use will be reviewed once its brand name version, Diflucan, donated to the Government of South Africa by Pfizer, is available to the public health sector. Its registration and availability in the public health sector in South Africa is a matter for the Government of South Africa and its licensing authority.

Education Facilities

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on the provision of education facilities in the United Kingdom for talented young people from Third World countries. [143148]

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Clare Short: Our educational priorities are universal primary education and support for key skills for the development of poorer countries including building local capacity for skills training. Our focus is the development of, and better access to, education and skill training facilities in developing countries. We support training in the UK when it helps take forward these priorities.

Conflict Resolution

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consultations her Department has undertaken with non-Governmental organisations on the development of the Government's cross-departmental initiative on conflict resolution. [143370]

Clare Short: A formal consultation on conflict in sub-Saharan Africa was held in November 1999. We have maintained regular contacts with NGOs and academic institutions and envisage publishing a paper outlining our thinking in Spring 2001.

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01, (i) her Department's total spending on advertising campaigns, (ii) the cost of each individual advertising campaign and (iii) the criteria that were established to gauge the effectiveness of each campaign; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of each campaign based on these criteria. [142718]

Clare Short: The Department for International Development has not carried out any advertising campaigns since 1996-97.


Cabinet Committees

Mr. Corbett: To ask the Prime Minister what the membership of each Cabinet Committee is. [143837]

The Prime Minister: I have placed a copy of the current list of Cabinet Committees, their membership and terms of reference in the Library of the House. Details will also be updated on the Cabinet Office website.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam of 19 October concerning the internet. [143434]

The Prime Minister: I did so on 15 December.


Official Publications

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what his Department's spending on official publications was for

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(a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02. [141456]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 11 December 2000]: The following figures for spending on official publications include the costs incurred by the Department in publishing, preparation, production and purchase of copies for official use. Where the Department makes use of a private sector publisher the publishing, printing and design costs are generally met by the publisher as part of their acceptance of the risks of publication.

DETR does not make specific plans for future expenditure on publications, as this is only one of the media used in public information work. The balance among media is decided on a case-by-case basis for each information project.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997 and what the total cost to the Department is of each publication. [141459]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 11 December 2000]: DETR has a very wide range of policy responsibilities and therefore publishes a large number of publications. The cost of tracing and listing the total costs of each individual publication would thus be disproportionate. A list of the titles of the main publications produced through DETR's Directorate of Communication between February 1997 and November 2000 has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Departmental Policies (Blackpool, South)

Mr. Gordon Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool, South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [142233]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The constituency of Blackpool, South has benefited from a range of Government initiatives since 2 May 1997 including:

Capital allocations for housing

Year£ million

(7) Including Capital Receipts Initiative

The resources made available from Government to support the authority's housing capital investment programme will have nearly trebled by next year since the Government came to power.

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Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

Blackpool will receive about £6.016 million over the next three years as part of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund announced in October. The fund will help local authorities meet their Public Service Agreement targets in areas such as raising schools standards, and reducing unemployment--reducing burglary, narrowing the health gap between deprived areas and the rest of the country and improving the standard of social housing.

Single Regeneration Budget

SRB Round 2--Blackpool Challenge Partnership

This is a seven-year strategy to halt decline of an area of need in the town centre behind the promenade. This scheme is linked to the opportunity to create employment parks. SRB total is £19.4 million.

SRB Round 6--Blackpool Challenge Partnership

This seven-year scheme was approved on 2 August 2000 and the programme will start in April 2001. This scheme links support for growth of the tourist industry and improving the quality of life for Blackpool's most deprived communities. It was allocated £20 million SRB funding.

This schemes covers the wider Blackpool, South area.

Blackpool Foyer

Non-delegated project (ie SRB Grant request over £250k). This fits in with Blackpool Challenge Partnership SRB by way of and linked allied to the First Step Centre (vocational guidance). This project is part of the National network of Foyers in the UK and Europe and is a full member of the National Foyer Federation for Youth.

Project costs--£3,488 million total costs over six years. SRB Support of £0.45 million (13 per cent.) over five years--1997-2003. Contribution of £1.038 million (30 per cent.) Housing Corporation, £0.77 million Manchester Methodist Housing Association (contracting organisation), £0.65 million private and £0.586 million revenue (rental income).

Local Transport Plans

Year£ million

(8) This figure is for Lancashire County Council before Blackpool became an Unitary Authority. Of the £9.5 million, £240k was allocated specifically for the Blackpool tramway, although other money would have gone into Blackpool.

(9) Figure not yet available


All other figures are for the whole of Blackpool.

Local Government Finance Settlement

The following figures show the Government Grant to Blackpool as part of the Local Government Finance Settlement.

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Total external support (Revenue Support Grant, National non-Domestic Rates and damping grants)

Year£ million

(10) Provisional settlement under "floor" and "ceiling" option.


Again the difference in figures of 1997-98 is due to the unitary authority in 1999.

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