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Clare Short: I have this month approved a £30 million programme to support Nigerian Government efforts, at both federal and state level, to enable poor people to obtain rapid and fair justice. This involves the whole justice systemcourts, police, prisons, legal aid, and traditional and informal mediation. We plan to implement this programme particularly in the four states in which our programmes are focused. These are Benue, Ekiti, Jigawa and a state in the south-east yet to be selected. Jigawa State announced last August that it will apply Shari'a criminal law. We will ensure that the assistance programme is taken forward in all four states in ways that uphold international human rights standards.
Hilary Benn: In Botswana, DFID is supporting programmes in rural livelihoods, education and HIV/AIDS. In Namibia, DFID is supporting programmes in rural livelihoods, education and health. In the financial year 200001, DFID provided around £2.5 million of assistance directly to Botswana and £2.6 million to Namibia in addition to our contributions through multilateral agencies.
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if officials in her Department have been disciplined for passing documents relating to Michael Ashcroft and his activities in Belize to The Times and The Guardian in July 1999 and December 2000. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when KPMG sent letters to (a) Carlisle Holdings and (b) Sonisa during its study commissioned by her Department to review the regulation of offshore financial services in Belize and the effect of tax exemptions on pro-poor programmes; if she will place copies of these letters in the Library; and if she will make a statement. 
Hilary Benn: I understand that KPMG wrote to Carlisle Holdings on 25 August in response to their letters of 10 and 18 August 2000. I am not aware of any KPMG correspondence with Sonisa. The correspondence is private to the parties concerned.
Hilary Benn: To date, 23 countries have qualified for exceptional debt relief under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. Relief totalling more than $53 billion will be provided to these countries, reducing their debts by more than two-thirds on average, and freeing up resources for spending on poverty reduction. At the G8 summit in Genoa, we will be urging our partners to push forward with implementation of the HIPC initiative, so that more countries will qualify for relief. However, making substantial progress will be difficult, as many of the remaining HIPC countries are affected by conflict.
Debt relief is only one part of what will be required by developed and developing countries alike if poverty is to be reduced and the International Development targets set for 2015 to be met. The Italian Government, which hold the Presidency of the G8 in 2001, have already issued a paper to be discussed at the Genoa summit entitled "Beyond Debt Relief"which sets out some of the other key areas in which progress needs to be made: trade reform, generating investment and improving the quantity and quality of spending on health and education. These are all important issues for poverty reduction which can be taken forward effectively at international level through the G8 forum.
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of the last three years, the deals established by the Commonwealth Development Corporation broken down by (a) country and (b) project. 
|Asia Pacific (pan)||0||0||1|
|Papua New Guinea||1||2||1|
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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many spoiled ballot papers there were in each district council area in Northern Ireland in the (a) most recent and (b) 1997 local elections. 
|District council||Number of spoilt votes||Percentage of total vote||Total votes polled||Number of spoilt votes||Percentage of total vote||Total votes polled|
|Newry and Mourne||1,263||2.70||46,829||943||2.49||37,899|
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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many spoiled ballot papers were received in each constituency in Northern Ireland at the (a) 2001 and (b) 1997 general elections. 
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|Constituency name||Number of spoilt votes||Percentage of total vote||Total votes polled||Number of spoilt votes||Percentage of total vote||Total votes polled|
|Newry and Armagh||587||1.04||56,208||228||0.43||53,503|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||693||1.32||52,667||377||0.77||48,667|
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