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Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what revisions to the Labour Market Statistics are scheduled for April; and what the impact of such revisions will be on (a) national and local

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statistics and (b) relevant Department for Education and Employment policies. [155761]

Mr. Blunkett: ONS announced on 19 July 2000 that they would be introducing a new annual survey of employee jobs--the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI)--to

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replace the Annual Employment Survey. The new statistics will be published in the Labour Market First Release on 11 April. These data are used in national regional and local estimates of employee jobs and the national and regional Workforce Jobs series. In addition the estimates are used in the calculation of claimant count rates nationally, regionally and locally and in national and regional productivity estimates.

Work carried out by ONS established that the ABI was the better estimate of employee jobs in the economy and that the errors in the previous estimate had occurred back over time. ONS have indicated the following on the likely effects.

Locally, employee job estimates and claimant unemployment rates for regions, local authorities and parliamentary constituencies will also be revised. DfEE like all users have no indication of the scale of these revisions for each local area. The claimant count rates will be revised downwards nationally. Past experience suggests that although the local rates will in general be revised down some local claimant rates may be revised up.

As the revisions will be over the history of the series, changes over time in these series will be relatively unaffected.

There will also be annual seasonal adjustment reviews to the Labour Force Survey, claimant count and vacancies series. These do not usually lead to significant revisions.

The information available from ONS only gives some indication of the likely scale of the revisions. DfEE will fully assess any impact on our policies once we have the exact information available to us. However, the indication that changes over time will be relatively unaffected suggests that the impact on our policies will not be major.

Full details on the new statistics will be available on 11 April from the House of Commons Library.



Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department provides for each project it supports in Kenya. [156703]

Clare Short: The table lists, by sector, all current approved projects in Kenya and their funding allocations totalling £164.46 million. Disbursement of funds takes place over a number of years reflecting the varying project lifespans.

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Sector/ProjectAllocation (£)
Agriculture and Livestock
Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETR) Project Phase III 2,381,600
ABLH Smallholder Mkt. and Cert. Project 2,819,000
SmallHolder Dairy Project2,007,000
Farm Africa Goat Project1,133,000
EPAG: Com. Animal Health462,220
Farming Systems Kenya303,000
Agriculture Sector Reform48,000
Rural Livelihoods Policy Influencing120,000
ITDG Decent'd Animal Health350,861
Land Tenure Project300,000
Sabatia Food Security/Resource Project317,289
Agric Tech Dissemm Project50,000
RNR Regional Co-ordinator45,000
Forestry Consultation75,000
Rural Development
Aga Khan Foundation--Kwale1,100,000
Wajir Pastoralist Dev II1,002,044
ActionAid Capacity Bld Ph 22,000,000
Public Administration
Strengthening Gov. Fin & Acct'g1,100,000
Support to Attorney General438,600
Beijing Platform for Action II513,000
Population Census 19991,235,000
Gender Strategy30,000
Poverty Eradication Plan25,000
Support to Civil Service Reform220,230
Support to Kenya Anti Corruption Auth225,000
Poverty Information in Kenya50,000
Political Empowerment Project2,200,000
PRSP Consultation750,000
Legal Sector Reform50,000
Water and Sanitation
CARE NDHEWAS Project908,785
Water Aid Development of ASAL Water608,791
ASAL water II950,000
CARE Garissa405,693
Business and Finance
Barclays Loan Guarantee969,092
Enterprise Initiative Prj II600,000
CARE Women's Econ Develop.2,758,188
Support to KWFT1,741,623
MFI Analysis and Support50,000
K-Rep Phase II953,904
Deregulation Phase II1,377,779
Mwezi Kali 2 BGTP925,669
ApproTec Ram Oil Press83,000
Co-op Bank Micro Finance1,125,000
Support to Faulu Phase II2,520,000
Support to KICK Phase II399,872
Financial Services to the Poor70,000
KICK/Green Disabled Group65,339
Small Enterprise Awards Scheme634,000
ApproTec Long Term Irrigation1,700,000
Business Partnership Project1,150,000
Enabling Environment for Business100,000
Subtotal 17,223.466
Urban Development
Nairobi Urban Poverty Project2,913,800
Mombasa Urban Project2,844,000
Kibera Urban Env. Sanitation Project60,000
Strengthening Primary Education 13,360,000
Primary School Management4,760,000
Mumias Educ. For Empowerment400,000
AA Community Education Initiative400,000
Health and Welfare
Interim Vaccine Procurement1,793,750
Kenya Family Health Project11,470,000
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care26,000,000
Safe Motherhood Partnership Fund1,720,000
Health Planning and Reform Support484,000
AMREF Employer Based Malaria849,755
East African Malaria Monitoring and Research263,709
Eradication of Polio in East Africa7,907,688
Malaria Control in Kenya1,163,820
AMREF Turkana CBHC Phase II500,000
Pastoral Conflict in Kenya25,000
Arid District Conflict Reduction Proj.595,000
MSF Spain Emergency Project530,000
EPAG Mandera184,000
OXFAM Borehole Protection1,110,944
OXFAM Turkana Food Distribution313,248
WFP Emergency Operation 620310,030,000
Livestock Off-take150,000
Support to Office of the President180,000
UNICEF Emergency Nutrition158,043
FAO Emergency Seed Distribution20,000
UNICEF Health and Nutrition600,000
FAO CBPP Campaign144,650
Study of Roads Agency230,000

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Romania and Albania

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the assistance programmes her Department is funding in (a) Romania and (b) Albania. [156704]

Clare Short: Our main financial contribution to development programmes is through the EC and other multilateral agencies. Our share of EC programme commitments to Romania and Albania in 2000 was £79 million.

Activities under our bilateral programmes are as follows:

In Romania we are funding programmes for accountancy and audit reform; the Court of Audit; civil service reform; health care and child care reform; the development of a probation service; development of insurance services; energy sector regulation; social

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protection; education finance; mining communities; rural development; citizens advice and information services; environmental project design; environmental partnerships at municipal level; and water and wastewater services.

In Albania we are supporting the Government's Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy and Medium Term Expenditure Framework; health financing and planning; taxation reform; media development; public administration reform; social policy and social service reform; rural livelihoods; environment; and emergency planning and disposal or ordnance.

We published a country strategy paper for Romania in October 1999, and for Albania in January 2001. Copies are in the Library of the House.

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance her Department has provided to UNICEF for its work in the protection of young refugees from (a) Romania and (b) Albania. [156705]

Clare Short: We have provided a total of £7.75 million to UNICEF for programmes in the Balkans. Of this sum, £1 million was allocated to Albania and £3.5 million for regional programmes. There was no specific allocation for Romania.

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