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NGOs: Joint Funding Scheme

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: Details of non-governmental organisations in receipt of funding from the Overseas Development Administration under the joint funding scheme in 1994-95 are set out in the attached table. Final figures for 1995-96 will not be available until later this year.

ODA expenditure through the joint funding scheme 1994-95

UK non-governmental organisations(1)£ thousands
ACORD778
Action Disability & Development137
Action Health 200051
ActionAid1,216
Africa Now148
Africa Resource Trust100
Africa Soc Int & Com Law24
Aga Khan Foundation254
AHRTAG392
AMREF73
APTT Trust UK8
Assoc for Better Land Husbandry153
Associated Country Women World14
Birdlife International166
Britain Nepal Medical Trust90
British Red Cross Society106
Busoga Trust99
CAFOD2,010
Calcutta Rescue Fund2
Cambodia Trust79
CARE1,480
Care for the Wild50
Catholic Inst International Relations125
Childhope101
Christian Aid3,330
Christian Engineers in Development25
Christian Outreach99
Church Missionary Society21
CODA International Training179
Commonwealth Human Ecology59
Commonwealth TUC113
Concern Universal141
Concern Worldwide917
Conservation Foundation9
Co-op for Development166
Cusichaca Project Trust24
Durham-Lesotho Link21
Feed the Minds24
Find Your Feet9
Food for Hungry International20
Friends of ASSEFA38
Friends of Conservation27
Friends of Urambo and Mwanhala9
Gordon Barclay Vietnam Fund8
Harvest Help30
Health Aid Moyo56
Health Projects Abroad50
Health Unlimited538
Hedley Roberts Trust3
HelpAge International298
Holy Trinity Church Middlesex13
Homeless International168
Ideas Aid International UK20
Impact Foundation25
India Development Group86
Intermediate Technology Development657
International Childcare Trust56
International Children's Trust12
International Christian Relief54
Islamic Relief60
Kerala Federation for the Blind6
King Mahendra Trust78
Lasallian Projects8
Legal Assistance Trust60
Leonard Cheshire Foundation55
Leprosy Mission10
Leprosy Mission (Scotland)24
Living Earth170
Marie Stopes International965
Medical Aid for Palestinians81
Money for Madagascar11
Nairobi Hospice Charitable Trust36
National Children's Homes9
New Hope Rural Community Trust3
One World Action40
Opportunity Trust78
OXFAM6,000
Pattaya Orphanage Trust18
Plan International1,101
Population Concern379
Project Ploughshare40
Richmond Fellowship International7
Rio Mazan15
Royal Commonwealth Society187
Save The Children Fund4,470
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund158
Send A Cow29
Sid-Vale Africa Link1
Skillshare Africa207
SOS Sahel International265
South Africa Townships Health Fund66
Southeast Asian Outreach85
Tear Fund149
Traidcraft Exchange56
Trax Programme Support28
Tropical Health & Education Trust65
Uganda Society for Disabled Children105
UK Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific201
University of Warwick9
VetAid86
Village Service Trust11
Vision Aid Overseas30
Voluntary Service Overseas80
War on Want72
WaterAid845
Wells for India22
Womankind68
World University Service150
World Vision of Britain355
World Wildlife Fund2,040
YES International25
Youth With A Mission17
Y-Care International151
Zimbabwe Trust62
Zoological Society of London32

(1) Figures rounded to the nearest thousand.


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Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions: Ratification

Lord Jenkins of Putney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many countries have ratified the chemical and biological weapons conventions and whether they consider the conventions are being observed.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: The Chemical Weapons Convention has not yet entered into force. It will do so after the 65th ratification, at which time states parties will be bound by all its provisions. To date 58 countries have ratified. After entry into force the Conference of States Parties may consider any matter within the scope of the convention, including whether its provisions are being observed.

One hundred and thirty-nine countries have ratified the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. The Fourth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Convention will take place in November/December this year. States parties will consider any information submitted to the conference concerning compliance with the provisions of the convention.

States parties are currently considering measures to strengthen the convention in an ad hoc group set up in 1994. The ad hoc group will report on its work so far to the review conference later this year.

Consular Fees

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they plan to increase any of the consular fees.

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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: An Order in Council was made on 23rd July which provides for an overall average increase of 20 per cent. in consular fees with effect from 14th August 1996. It is government policy that the cost of consular and entry clearance services should be borne by the users as far as possible.

GCHQ: Recruitment Policy

Lord Dixon-Smith asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the policy on recruitment at GCHQ and what information is required to be published under the provisions of the Recruitment Code of the Civil Service Commissioners.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: It is GCHQ's policy that all recruitment to the department is carried out on the basis of fair and open competition and selection on merit, subject to the exception permitted by the Civil Service Commissioners and in accordance with the guidance issued by them. This policy is given force by the regulations in the staff handbook and on a more detailed level by the manual of recruitment produced by the Recruitment Office. The primary responsibility for ensuring that these requirements are adhered to rests with the head of the recruitment branch. The recruitment process forms part of the regular programme of inspection by GCHQ's internal audit unit. The Recruitment Office was inspected by the Civil Service Commissioners in 1993.

The following table gives details of the numbers of staff applying and recruited and the overall percentages at each grade during the calendar year 1995. Some candidates recruited in 1995 will be joining the department within the calendar year 1996.

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TotalWomen Ethnic minoritiesDisabled
GradeAppliedRecruitedAppliedRecruitedAppliedRecruitedAppliedRecruited
GC8 CS GC9 CS1282 551 040 000 0
GC8 LB31000000
GC9 LB2011611010
GC9 10562598120070
GC10 CS4032555125010
GC10 AA20212112713000
GC10 LB6123420000
GMT9034355424030
GC11 SY611500010
GC13 SY1080301020
GC14 AA61510000
GC14 GS415500010
GC12 CE15481811200
Totals2,6527271119892160
Percentage32733210

Explanations:

GC14 GS is a former industrial grade.

GC12 CE are student scientists and engineers.

GC11 and 13 SY are security officer grades.

GC10 AA broadly equates to EO in the Home Civil Service.

GC 10 CS broadly equates to S0 in the Home Civil Service.

GC 10 LB, GC9 LB and GC8 LB are librarian grades.

GC9 10 are investigating officers.

GC9 CS broadly equates to HSO in the Home Civil Service.

GC8 CS broadly equates to SSO in the Home Civil Service.

GMT = graduate management trainee--GCHQ's fast stream.


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The only category of exceptions to the general recruitment policy permitted by the commissioners and used by GCHQ during the period (excluding appointments for less than 12 months) was the reappointment of former members of the department. Reinstatement has been a long-standing feature of GCHQ's recruitment both because of the unique nature of many of the skills used in the department and because it provides an opportunity for members of staff to return after informal career breaks. In 1995 there were two female reinstatements, at GC10 and GC11 level respectively. There were no applications for reinstatements by people from ethnic minorities or with a disability.


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