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Tanzania

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact on the development of Tanzania of the terms of the loan provided by Barclays bank to fund the purchase of the air traffic control system for Tanzania; and if she will make a statement. [41450]

Clare Short: The IMF and the World Bank have conducted assessments of the impact on the development of Tanzania of the air traffic control purchase. This has included examining both the terms of the loan from Barclays bank and the value for money of the proposed purchase.

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she has made an assessment of the bidding process conducted by the Tanzanian Government to select a supplier of an air traffic control system; and if she will make a statement. [41449]

Clare Short: DFID has not made an assessment of the bidding process conducted by the Tanzanian Government to select a supplier of an air traffic control system.

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she has had discussions with representatives of Barclays bank concerning the provision of a loan to the Tanzanian Government for the purchase of an air traffic control system from BAE; and if she will make a statement. [41451]

Clare Short: Neither I nor officials from my Department have had discussions with representatives of Barclays bank concerning a loan to the Government of Tanzania to buy an air traffic control system from BAE.

India

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects are funded in India by her Department; and what the cost is of each project. [40522]

Clare Short: My Department is funding around 100 development projects in India with a total commitment of about £1.2 billion. We expect our bilateral assistance to India in the current financial year to total £170 million. Our programme of development assistance in India is aimed at the elimination of poverty principally through partnership with government at both national and state levels.

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A copy of our Country Strategy Paper for India is available in the Library of the House, further information is also available in Statistics on International Development which is also in the Library.

Zimbabwe

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has made for supporting the reconstruction of Zimbabwe in the immediate aftermath of the presidential elections in the event of President Mugabe losing the election. [40658]

Clare Short: The UK is working closely with key stakeholders and the international community to ensure support of any Government committed to reform and the pursuit of sound economic policies and the reduction of poverty in Zimbabwe.

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent meetings officials in her Department have had with representatives of Southern African Development Community regarding the reconstruction of Zimbabwe. [40659]

Clare Short: Our contacts with SADC member states over Zimbabwe have included discussions on the need for future external support for reform, sound economic policies and poverty reduction.

Afghanistan

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to achieve an expansion of the mine action programme in Afghanistan. [40657]

Clare Short: We have been supporting mine clearance in Afghanistan for many years. We have allocated £3 million through the United Nations Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund for future humanitarian mine action interventions. This will cover mine clearance operations in Afghanistan, such as training, clearance of cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) and mines awareness activities. In addition we have provided £150,000 for the cost of two dedicated airlifts of demining equipment for the HALO Trust to begin demining operations.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Entertainment Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list for 1997–98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if he will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if he will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case. [34375]

Mr. MacShane: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 14 February 2002, Official Report, columns 559–60W.

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Working Conditions and Practices

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people are employed in his Department on a job-share contract; and what percentage of vacant positions was advertised on this basis in the last 12 months. [35360]

Mr. Bradshaw: 44 people are currently employed on job-share contracts. 45 per cent. of positions were advertised externally as potential job-shares in 2001. Job-sharing is only one of a number of alternative and flexible working patterns in use at present. We currently have 92 part-time workers and 13 employees working compressed hours. Other arrangements include staggered hours, flexi-time, home working, school working hours, term time working and time off in lieu.

Lord Levy

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the access of Lord Levy to departmental papers differs from that of Ministers. [39047]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 February 2002]: Lord Levy sees papers and official documents required for his role as Prime Minister's envoy. Ministers see papers and official documents required for their role as Ministers.

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the role of Lord Levy in his Department. [39049]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 February 2002]: Lord Levy acts and travels as the Prime Minister's envoy as required. He reports to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary.

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will name the countries visited by Lord Levy in his capacity as a special envoy of the British Government. [39048]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 February 2002]: As the Prime Minister's envoy, Lord Levy has visited Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Tunisia, Qatar, Egypt and Morocco. He has also had discussions about the middle east peace process in France, Germany and the USA.

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will name the overseas Governments with which Lord Levy has undertaken business on behalf of the Government. [39044]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 February 2002]: As the Prime Minister's envoy, Lord Levy has had discussions with the Governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, Tunisia, Qatar, Egypt, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority as well of course with our other close allies.

Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the accommodation and staff assigned to Lord Levy within his Department. [39045]

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Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 February 2002]: Lord Levy has an office in the FCO main building in London. He receives assistance from FCO officials as required in support of his role as the Prime Minister's envoy.

Indonesia

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will use the forthcoming session of the UNHCR to call for Indonesia's Law on Human Rights Courts to be amended so that it is consistent with international standards; [40540]

Mr. Bradshaw: We are discussing with EU partners what, if any, action to take on Indonesia at the forthcoming session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Indonesia is likely to be included in the EU Omnibus Country Statement on Human Rights in any part of the world. And, as in recent years, the EU is planning to table a Chairman's Statement on the situation in East Timor.

Meanwhile, we continue to apply pressure on the Government of Indonesia bilaterally and through the European Union for Indonesia to comply fully with its international human rights obligation.

Our Ambassador in Jakarta last raised the issue of human rights in Indonesia when he met with Bambang Yudhoyono the Co-ordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs on 1 March.


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