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Mr. Andrew Smith: As set out in "Public Expenditure 20002001 Provisional Outturn" Cm 5243, one Department overspent its departmental expenditure limit in 200001the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by £4,932,000.
Mr. Boateng: The Government remain fully committed to the UN 0.7 per cent. oda/GNP target. We have set out our plans for the next three years to 200304 and, as these show, development assistance as a proportion of GNP will rise to 0.33 per cent. in 200304, up from 0.26 per cent. in 1997. In his speech in New York and in his pre-Budget report speech, the Chancellor emphasised his commitment to ensuring further substantial increases in development assistance. The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to consider plans for development spending beyond 200304, alongside other priorities and pressures.
Aid effectiveness is also important as well as aid volumes. The Government are committed to redirecting their development assistance budget to the poorest countries, particularly those with effective Governments pursuing high growth and pro-poor economic and social policies. In addition the Government have untied all their aid as from 1 April last year.
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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans HM Treasury has to amend the liability for and collection method of NIC contributions from those individuals employed offshore in the UK continental shelf area by non-UK companies; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of the aggregates levy on the Scottish economy in terms of (a) employment and (b) output. 
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of the expected cost to Her Majesty's Government over the current financial year of the measures to combat terrorism announced by the Home Secretary on 15 October 2001, Official Report, columns 92325. 
£8.5 million of additional funding has been allocated for a range of anti-terrorism measures in the current year. In addition to this, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his Statement on the pre-Budget report, announced on 27 November that a further £30 million had been made available to the Metropolitan police and other police forces to fund the need for additional policing since 11 September, during the current financial year.
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Dr. Moonie: Peer reviewed scientific data comparing the mortality rates of UK Gulf veterans to an era group of service personnel who did not deploy to the Gulf were published for the first time in the Lancet on 1 July 2000. Updates to these figures were provided by the Ministry of Defence to the House on 20 July 2000, 22 January 2001
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and 18 July 2001. The MOD has undertaken to continue to monitor the mortality of both Gulf veterans and the era group and will publish updated figures on a regular basis. The figures as at 31 December 2001 are shown in the table.
Overall, in the period 1 April 1991 to 31 December 2001, the mortality of UK Gulf veterans was no different than that of the control group. Slightly fewer Gulf veterans have died from disease-related causes than have those in the control group, whereas the number of Gulf veterans dying of external causes is a little higher than for the control group. These differences are similar to those shown by the figures published in July 2001.
|ICD Chapter||Cause of death||Gulf||Era||Mortality rate ratio(8)|
|All cause coded deaths||514||510||1.00|
|I||Infectious and parasitic diseases||3||2||1.49|
|III||Endocrine and immune disorders||1||4||0.25|
|VI||Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs||7||6||1.16|
|VII||Diseases of the circulatory system||68||90||0.75|
|VII||Diseases of the respiratory system||10||5||1.99|
|IX||Diseases of the digestive system||11||16||0.68|
|IV, X-XVI||All other disease-related causes||3||11||0.27|
|EXVII||External causes of injury and poisoning||316||270||1.17|
|Motor vehicle accidents||110||92||1.19|
|Water transport accidents||4||1||3.98|
|Air and space accidents||25||17||1.46|
|Other vehicles accidents||0||1||0.00|
|Accidents due to fire/flames||0||2||0.00|
|Accidents due to natural environmental factors||2||2||1.00|
|Accidents due to submersion/suffocation/foreign bodies||17||7||2.42|
|Late effects of accident/injury||0||2||0.00|
|Suicide and injury undetermined whether accidental||97||90||1.07|
|Injury resulting from the operations of war||3||4||0.75|
|Other deaths for which coded cause data are not yet available||7||7|||
|Overseas deaths for which cause data are not available||3||3|||
(6) Service and ex-Service personnel only.
(7) World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases 9th revision 1997.
(8) Mortality rate ratios differ marginally from the crude deaths ratio owing to some small differences between the Gulf and Era cohorts.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in 2000 and 2001; and on how many occasions in 2000 and 2001 computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers within and outside his Department. 
|Computer hacking total||9||12|
|of which there were:|
(9) Reports thus far.
(10) Computer theft figures include desktops, laptops and items of computer peripheral equipment.
None of the instances of hacking had any operational impact, and despite widespread and frequent probes of the Ministry of Defence firewalls connected to the internet, there is no evidence of any successful incursion from an external source to any departmental computer system. While website defacement may constitute an offence under The Computer Misuse Act 1990, none of the instances recorded provided clear grounds for prosecution.
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