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Gillian Merron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will announce the areas that have been selected to participate in the first wave of the Children's Fund Local Network. 
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of the Government's wider strategy to tackle child poverty and social exclusion. The Local Network element of the Children's Fund is making £70 million available over three years to fund the work of local community and voluntary groups helping vulnerable children aged 0-19.
The 17 areas across England, which have been included in the first wave of the Local Network, include those with the highest levels of need and were chosen to ensure a spread of support across all regions in England, including some rural and coastal areas. By April 2004 all areas across England will have access to the Fund. Each local fund will be administered by an experienced local voluntary sector grant maker.
The Local Network will help children in poverty achieve their potential by investing directly in the work of local community and voluntary groups that provide local solutions. Grants will be made under four themes
Economic disadvantage--projects that help families to improve their living standards and cope with difficulties that come from being on low incomes.
Isolation and access--projects that help children that are isolated or alone, or have trouble accessing services.
Children's voices--projects that give children and young people the chance to express their opinions and give advice on matters that concern them. Local Network funding will be available in the following areas:
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Mr. Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to lay before Parliament the eighth annual report of the Independent Assessor of Military Complaints Procedures in Northern Ireland. 
The report of the Independent Assessor continues to provide valuable reassurances to both the public and the Government that the army's complaints procedures stand scrutiny. I welcome Mr. McDonald's report and I will consider it further.
Mr. Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish the Government's response to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment's report on their visit to Northern Ireland in December 1999. 
Dr. Reid: I have today placed a copy of our response, together with the Committee's report, in the Library of the House. The documents will also be available on my Department's website (www.nio.gov.uk) and that of the ECPT (www.cpt.coe.int).
I welcome the role of the Committee and its attention to Northern Ireland. I am pleased that it has recognised the many improvements that have been made in recent years. I take seriously the concerns raised by the Committee about issues that remain to be tackled and will give these close consideration.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings his Permanent Secretary held with members and officials of the Irish Government during his visit to Dublin in February 2000. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Permanent Secretary visited Dublin in February 2000 to participate in a conference. Irish Government officials attended the conference, but no meetings with members of the Irish Administration were held during the visit.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the visits outside Britain made by his Department's Permanent Secretary on official business since 1 July 2000, indicating the date and purpose of the visit in each case. 
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|Date||Purpose of visit|
|12 September 2000--Paris||To attend a meeting of Working Party 3 of the Economic Policy Committee of the OECD|
|18-19 September 2000--Madrid||To attend a conference meet members of the Spanish Administration|
|11 December 2000--Paris||To attend a meeting of Working Party 3 of the Economic Policy Committee of the OECD|
|24-25 January 2001--Brussels||To meet UK and Commission officials|
|13 March 2001--Paris||To attend a meeting of Working Party 3 of the Economic Policy Committee of the OECD|
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|Year||Number of asthma deaths(3)|
(3) ICD9 code 493
Mr. Ian Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recommendations flow from the review of the management performance of the National Investment and Loans Office since it absorbed the Office of the Paymaster General in 1996, conducted by Treasury officials. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Treasury officials conducted a review of NILO's operations, working closely with NILO's senior management and consulting NILO's customers and other interested stakeholders. The report concludes that NILO has performed well over the last five years, and recommends a number of actions to ensure that performance levels are sustained and improved in the future.
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Mr. Timms: The climate change levy has been operational for only one month, and it is necessary that it has longer to bed in before review of its operation. As with any tax, the Chancellor will keep the climate change levy under review as part of the normal Budget process.
Mr. Ron Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the per capita allocation of funds was to (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales for economic development, and what percentage of his Department's total expenditure this allocation represented, in each of the five years prior to July 1997; 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The allocation of funding in devolved areas is a matter for the devolved Administrations within their overall budgets set in the 2000 spending review. Information on expenditure per head by function and by county is set out in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses published in April 2001.
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