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Gender Strategy

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's gender strategy is. [47696]

Hilary Benn: Inequalities between women and men are deeply embedded, and they need to be tackled in economic, political, social and cultural life. We are concentrating on supporting changes in policy, laws and attitudes, while maintaining links with work at the grass roots. Our strategy is set out in "Poverty Elimination and the Empowerment of Women", published in September 2000.

In respect of its role as an employer, DFID's gender policy is based on a long-standing policy of equal opportunities in respect of all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices. We have targets for the representation of women. A diversity audit, which addresses gender and other issues, is currently underway looking at DFID's policies and practices, and we are planning an equal pay audit.

Education

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of whether the target of 91 per cent. for the percentage of children in education in the top 30 UK development partner countries by 2002 will be met. [47772]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 Departmental Report to be published later this month.

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Special Advisers

Mr. Collins: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity; and if she will list the total cost, including (i) travel, (ii) accommodation and (iii) subsistence allowance, for each occasion. [37977]

Clare Short: Between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2001, Special Advisers in my Department travelled abroad on two occasions, at an average cost of £3,100 per trip. This figure includes the average accommodation cost and subsistence allowance for all DfID staff travelling overseas, as it is not possible to provide specific information for these categories. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2000 is already in the public domain. All travel by Special Advisers is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code, and the Civil Service Management Code.

Public Service Agreements

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of whether the PSA target for reducing maternal mortality will be met by 2002. [47771]

Hilary Benn: The final out turn of the Public Service Agreement (PSA) target covering maternal health and progress towards all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 departmental report to be published in April.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of whether the PSA target that 60 per cent. of departmental services should be reviewed by 2003 will be met. [47777]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 department report to be published later this month.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of whether the PSA target that 75 per cent. of relevant bilateral projects shall be likely to meet their objectives by 2002 will be met. [47769]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 departmental report to be published later this month.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the PSA target for the implementation of an overseas pilot exercise in the use of procurement cards was met by the end of 2001. [47781]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department

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between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 Departmental Report to be published later this month.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the PSA target to reply to 100 per cent. of Ministerial correspondence within 21 days of receipt (a) was met in 2001 and (b) will be met in 2002. [47774]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 Departmental Report to be published later this month.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of whether the PSA target for the development of the performance reporting information system for management will be met in 2002. [47775]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 Departmental Report to be published later this month.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of when the PSA target of an annual 1.5 per cent. real gross domestic product per capita growth in the top 30 UK development partners will be met. [47770]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 Departmental Report to be published later this month.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what new initiatives her Department has taken in 2001–02 to assist in achieving its Public Service Agreement targets. [47199]

Hilary Benn: The Department for International Development's Service Delivery Agreement sets out in more detail how we are working to achieve specific Public Service Agreement outcomes. progress towards Public Service Agreement targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002—as well as a full account of the UK's work to support poverty elimination—will appear in DFID's 2002 Departmental Report to be published in April.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of whether the PSA target for reduction in sickness absence rates by 2003 will be met. [47778]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 Departmental Report to be published later this month.

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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of whether the PSA target to reduce central and support costs as a percentage of aid policy and administration by 1 per cent. or approximately to £0.5 million per year will be met by 2002. [47773]

Hilary Benn: A report on progress against this particular Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and against all other PSA targets set by my Department between April 1999 and March 2002, will appear in DFID's 2002 Department Report to be published later this month.

Commonwealth Development Corporation

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value is of total investments of the Commonwealth Development Corporation. [46901]

Hilary Benn: At 31 December 2000, CDC's portfolio at valuation was £1,063.9 million. The valuation at the end of December 2001 will be published in CDC's annual report for 2001.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to expand the proportion of CDC Capital Partners' portfolio held in equity investments. [46906]

Hilary Benn: None. Management of CDC's portfolio is the responsibility of CDC's Board of Directors.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what percentage of CDC Capital Partners and the Commonwealth Development Corporation's portfolio was in countries with a per capita GNP of less than £1,600 in real terms in each of the last six years; [46900]

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Hilary Benn: The Commonwealth Development Corporation was registered as CDC Group plc in 1999 and now trades as CDC Capital Partners. The data below refer to the portfolio or new equity investments of the group as a whole, and takes no account of new lending if any.

Statistics held by CDC are based on the category of poorer countries defined in the Investment Policy. These are countries with a GNP per capita below the weighted mean for lower middle income countries, based on World Bank data published in 1998. This category, which corresponds to a GNP per capita of $1,730 in 1996, has been used in the replies.

Some data for years preceding the establishment of CDC's Investment Policy are not readily available. CDC will write shortly to supplement the answers given for earlier years. Data for the year ending December 2001 will be published later this month in CDC's Annual Report.

199619971998199920002001
Percentage of portfolio in poorer countries (per cent.)n/an/a858584n/a
Number of countries in which investments were made during the year353433293429
Number of businesses in which investments were made during the yearn/an/a96908681
New investments in sub-Saharan Africa as percentage of investments during the year (per cent.)3133363225n/a
Average rate of return on three-year basis (per cent.)151355-2n/a
Percentage of portfolio held in equity investments: by value (per cent.)2629324050n/a
Rate of return on equity portfolio (per cent.)1211-8-9-11n/a
Percentage of new investments in (i) poorer developing countriesn/an/an/a7178n/a
Percentage of new investments in (ii) sub-Saharan African/an/an/a1815n/a
Percentage of new investments in (i) the agribusiness sector34213285n/a
Percentage of new investments in (ii) the infrastructure sector6001519n/a
Percentage of new investments in poorer countries in (i) the agribusiness sectorn/an/an/a1319n/a
Percentage of new investments in poorer countries in (ii) the infrastructure sectorn/an/an/a65n/a


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