Previous Section Index Home Page


INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Egypt

Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her proposed budget is for (a) bilateral development assistance and (b) development assistance through the EU to Egypt in the financial years (i) 2001-02 and (ii) 2002-03. [147886]

Mr. Mullin: (a) Discussions on a new Aid Framework for the next three years, in the light of the spending review, have yet to be concluded. The current figure for bilateral development assistance to Egypt in 2001-02 is £4.6 million.

(b) The EC provides a significant amount of development assistance to Egypt mainly through its Mediterranean Assistance (MEDA) programme. The latest MEDA regulation for 2000-06 was agreed last year but the country allocations for 2001-02 and 2002-03 have yet to be decided. The UK's contribution to the new MEDA programme is estimated to be about 19 per cent.

El Salvador

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK Government will send to El Salvador following the recent earthquake; and how this money will be spent. [147371]

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps will be taken to provide additional foreign aid to El Salvador following the recent earthquake in that region; and if she will make a statement. [147582]

Mr. Mullin: The Department for International Development has contributed some £1.3 million for the purchase and distribution of vital emergency shelter, water and sanitation and medical supplies to those affected by the earthquake in El Salvador. This support is being channelled through the UN, Red Cross and a number of NGOs.

The table summarises the funding allocation and the type of assistance provided.

Organisation Type of assistanceAmount (£)
UNOCHACo-ordination35,000
PAHO Health300,000
IFRCShelter, food, health, water and sanitation100,000
OxfamWater and sanitation300,000
CareIDP support138,900
Christian AidEmergency shelter100,000
Plan InternationalIDP support50,000
Save the Children UKPublic health, non-food, education200,000
SCIAFEmergency shelter100,000
Total1,323,900

HIV AIDS (South Africa)

Ms Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) financial, (b) practical

1 Feb 2001 : Column: 277W

and (c) medical assistance she has given to the South African Government in relation to AIDS, since May 1997. [147882]

Mr. Mullin: Since May 1997 the Department for International Development has committed approximately £11 million in support of initiatives to help the South African Government in their efforts to manage the HIV epidemic.

Practical support with this funding has included condom procurement and supply, assistance to the National AIDS/STD Control Programme, and National TB Control Programme and initiatives to provide improved sexual health services particularly among adolescents and mineworkers.

Direct medical assistance has been limited as South Africa has, in general, the necessary skills to tackle the epidemic. However support to the National AIDS/STD Control Programme includes technical assistance from a specialist in genito-urinary medicine.

Depleted Uranium

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 15 January 2001, Official Report, column 6W, if she will place in the Library a copy of the KFOR information pack on depleted uranium provided to UNMACC. [147414]

Mr. Mullin: Yes.

Romania

Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value was of grants provided by her Department to United Kingdom non-governmental organisations in Romania in each year since 1996-97. [147209]

Mr. Mullin: The value of grants provided by the Department for International Development to United Kingdom non-governmental organisations in Romania in each year since 1996-97 is:

£
1996-97179,130
1997-98120,806
1998-99185,346
1999-2000224,792

Bonded Labour (Indian Sub-continent)

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects her Department is supporting in (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Nepal to help end the practice of bonded labour in these countries. [147583]

Mr. Mullin: The Department for International Development is committed to helping to eliminate all abusive labour practices. These include bonded labour, forced labour and child labour. These abusive practices persist where poverty denies people their rights and a decent livelihood. All our programmes are intended to

1 Feb 2001 : Column: 278W

contribute to improving the livelihoods of poor people and helping them realise their rights. We also have projects targeted at particular abusive practices.

In India we are supporting a programme to eliminate child labour, including bonded child labour. Our support to primary education addresses the issue of bonded child labour. The Rural Livelihood Project seeks to enhance livelihoods and reduce indebtedness.

In Pakistan we are working with the Asian Development bank on rural development strategies that include tackling bonded labour. We have commissioned research on access to land for poor people. We continue to support the phasing out of child labour from the football stitching industry.

In Nepal we are supporting a multi-agency programme to ensure food security for the freed Kamaiya (bonded labourers). We also support Action Aid's Poverty Reduction Project which has been working with bonded labourers in the Kailali district, to help them achieve secure livelihoods.

We are supporting Anti-Slavery International to raise awareness of the issue and stimulate action by non-governmental organisation, trade unions, business and Government in all three countries.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Museum Displays (Radioactive Minerals)

Mr. Fearn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance he has issued to museums displaying radioactive minerals. [147619]

Mr. Alan Howarth: My Department has issued no such guidance. Organisations, including museums, which work with materials which emit ionising radiation are subject to the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999. As part of this, they may be required to appoint a Radiation Protection Adviser to provide advice and guidance in such matters.

Hinduja Brothers

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions since he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport he has met (a) Mr. Srichand Hinduja and (b) Mr. Gopichand Hinduja; and what was discussed. [147999]

Mr. Chris Smith [holding answer 30 January 2001]: I met Mr. Srichand Hinduja and Mr. Gopichand Hinduja on 25 February 2000 to discuss their Foundation's Pledge for the Millennium which I had signed and which sought to promote tolerance and understanding between people of different faiths as a means of increasing economic prosperity and ending conflict.

They also asked about the future of the Faith Zone after the closure of the Dome and I informed them that this was a matter for the New Millennium Experience Company.

I have also met them once, unofficially, at a social function.

1 Feb 2001 : Column: 279W

National Lottery

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds are available to the National Lottery Commission for the purposes of meeting obligations to pay compensation to a third party; and if he will make a statement. [148184]

Mr. Chris Smith: Under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (as amended), such sums as are necessary to defray any expenditure of the Commission shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament. The Act (as amended) also provides for the Consolidated Fund to be reimbursed from the National Lottery Distribution Fund for the Commission's expenditure, taking into account receipts from the Lottery operator's licence fees.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from the People's Lottery consortium regarding the costs of bidding for the National Lottery contract; and if he will make a statement. [148182]

Mr. Chris Smith: None.

Free Television Licences

Mr. John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many families in Hornchurch will benefit from the introduction of free television licences for households with a member aged 75 years or over. [148316]

Janet Anderson: TV Licensing, which administers this concession for the BBC as Licensing Authority, is not able to provide geographical breakdowns of the number of free licences issued. However, estimates based on the 1991 Census indicate that there were approximately 4,500 people aged 75 or over in the Hornchurch constituency.


Next Section Index Home Page