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Debt relief

Ms Christine Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on debt cancellation for HIPC countries by multi- lateral financial institutions. [38087]

Clare Short: 25 countries have so far qualified for debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. Ghana reached its Decision Point this week, and up to five more countries could be taken by the Boards of the IMF and world bank by the end of the year. Of the 25 countries, 21 have reached Decision Point and are receiving interim debt relief and four have completed the HIPC process, and are receiving full debt relief. We hope that a further five will reach their Completion Point in the

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next six months. Multilateral financial institutions account for some US$13.7 billion in net present value terms of the HIPC debt relief to these countries. The World Bank is co-ordinating this with the other multilateral financial institutions.

Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contributions have been made to the global fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, broken down by country. [38108]

Clare Short: Pledges to date amount to over US$1.9 billion. The Department for International Development has pledged £138 million (US$200 million) over five years. Contributions pledged to the GFATM listed by country can be found on the GFATM website at: http://www.globalfundatm.org/contribute.html.

Governments are now beginning to fulfil their pledges. To date, initial contributions have been received from Italy (US$43.25 million), Belgium (US$4.9 million) and Switzerland (US$3 million). The UK is the process of disbursing its initial contribution of £25 million. Substantial contributions from others should follow shortly. The fund expects to have around US$750 million to disburse in its first year.

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the global fund for AIDS, TB and malaria concerning the aptitude of health systems to deliver programmes for the eradication of TB and malaria in developing countries. [38106]

Clare Short: My officials are involved in intensive ongoing discussions with the global fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria (GFATM). These discussions have included the issue of the capacity of health systems to deliver programmes for the eradication of TB and malaria in developing countries.

The UK Government are strongly committed to health systems strengthening. We also believe that for GFATM to be effective it needs to focus largely on financing the purchase of drugs and commodities in order to add value to other international efforts.

Broader systems strengthening and multi-sectoral work will continue to require substantial funds which should and will more appropriately come from elsewhere: bilateral and multilateral donors and domestic developing country resources.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her forecast spending is on the UN Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria for each of the next five years. [39468]

Clare Short: The Department for International Development has pledged £138 million to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria (GFATM) over five years, to be disbursed as follows.

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£ million
2001–0225
2002–0325
2003–0425
2004–0530
2005–0633

As the fund gets up and running, we will closely monitor its effectiveness and the value it adds to the international effort against the three diseases, and review our contributions accordingly.

The Global Fund is an independent entity, which draws on the expertise of the UN specialised agencies and others. It is not a UN fund.

Capita

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many contracts the Department has with Capita; and how much they are worth. [38376]

Clare Short: We have one current contract with Capita RAS, to provide a recruitment service for Pillar IV of UNMIK Administration at a cost of £180,000.

Advertising

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by her Department in each of the last four years, specifying the (a) purpose, (b) cost to public funds, (c) number of staff involved and (d) method of evaluation in each case. [39095]

Hilary Benn: DFID does not run publicity and advertising campaigns.

Deforestation

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has made to the Government of Brazil regarding the deforestation of the rain forests. [38111]

Clare Short: I have not made any direct representations to the Brazilian Government regarding deforestation.

DFID's approach is to support Brazilian efforts to achieve sustainable development in the rain forest regions. Through our bilateral co-operation programme, including the G7 pilot programme to conserve the Brazilian rain forest, to which we have contributed £16 million to date, we aim to support sustainable development initiatives that respond to the development goals of Brazil and its people, particularly the poorest—and maintain environmental benefits. We do this through strengthening the capacity of Brazilian environment and development agencies, piloting new approaches to resource management and increasing knowledge and awareness of the issues.

Civil Servants

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will set out for each civil service grade within her (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies the (i) total number of staff employed, (ii) number aged (A) 16 to 25, (B) 26 to 35,

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(C) 36 to 45, (D) 46 to 60 and (E) over the age of 60 years, (iii) number of registered disabled and (iv) number of ethnic minorities. [39175]

Clare Short: The information requested is shown in the table and reflects the latest recorded position as at October 2001. Details by age grouping are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

DFID does not have responsibility for executive agencies.

Civil Service gradeNumber of staffRegistered disabled(10)Ethnic minorities(11)
Senior Civil Service5703
Grade 612820
Grade 719805
Senior Executive Officer10203
Higher Executive Officer25116
Executive Officer270620
Administrative Officer3181038
Administrative Assistant10438
Total1,4282283

(10) Based on staff who have recorded a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

(11) Based on information provided to date voluntarily by staff.


Bolivia

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what requests she has had from the Bolivian Government for help in relation to the floods in La Paz; and what action has been taken. [38409]

Clare Short: We have received representations from the Bolivian Government in the aftermath of the flooding, but there was no formal international appeal. We have made an immediate commitment of £10,000 through the British Embassy in La Paz to be directed at assisting and protecting local communities to the south of La Paz which had been the most seriously affected.

LNM Holdings

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times her Department has supported applications from (a) LNM Holdings and (b) Mr. Lakshmi Mittal for bank loans. [39141]

Clare Short: We are aware of four loans approved by those international financial institutions that my Department is responsible for: Ispat-Sidex in Romania (EBRD), Ispat-Karmet in Kazakhstan (EBRD and IFC), and Caribbean Ispat in Trinidad (IFC). The UK supported all these loans.

Cameroon

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to combat urban poverty in Cameroon. [39471]

Clare Short: My Department does not fund any programmes to combat urban poverty in Cameroon. We contribute to poverty reduction efforts in Cameroon through our support to the forestry sector. This is in recognition of the forestry sector's importance to the Cameroonian economy and the fact that a majority of poor people live in the forest zone.

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Fair Trade

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether fair trade products are sold in her Department. [39836]

Hilary Benn: I am pleased to confirm that fair trade products are sold in DFID. All coffee provided for official meetings is fair trade, and fair trade coffee is available to staff from our in-house restaurant. In addition, our caterers are looking into providing additional fair trade products, and are actively promoting fair trade fortnight.


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