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Sudan: Diversion of Food Aid

Lord McNair asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: No definitive figures are available and the scale of diversions by the SPLA and government supported militias vary with location.

Lord McNair asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: The Government of Sudan make it very difficult to monitor the end use of distributed food. There are widespread suspicions that the lists and numbers of beneficiaries, and the distribution of food, are manipulated in government controlled areas. It is also known that government-supported local militia groups regularly loot food.

Lord McNair asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: We have studied the report of the joint Operation Lifeline Sudan and Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association Task Force report.

We are seeking the agreement of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to make the report publicly available. We have arranged for the OLS press release on the report, dated 9 September 1998, to be placed in the Library of the House.

Lord McNair asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: We regularly raise this and other humanitarian issues with the SPLA both bilaterally and in concert with the Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). It was discussed most recently on 25 January in London with SPLA's UK representatives and on 26 January in

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Nairobi at a joint OLS/Donor meeting with John Garang, leader of the SPLA.

Sudan: Operation Lifeline Sudan

Lord McNair asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisations, and British affiliates of international non-governmental organisations, are active in Sudan, both within and outside Operation Lifeline Sudan structures.[HL750]

Baroness Amos: The following non-governmental organisations are either UK based or British affiliates of international NGOs active within Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS):


    Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development (ACORD)


    Action Contre La Faim (ACF)


    CARE


    Christian Outreach


    Fellowship for African Relief (FAR)


    Helpage International (HAI)


    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


    MSF


    Merlin


    OXFAM


    Ockenden Venture


    SCF


    Tear Fund


    VetAid


    World Vision

The following organisations are active outside OLS:


    Christian Aid


    CAFOD


    Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)


    ICRC


    Lutheran World Service

Zimbabwe: Aid

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the current level of aid to Zimbabwe; and whether maintaining that level of aid depends on the record of the Government of Zimbabwe on human rights.[HL764]

Baroness Amos: In the last financial year, 1997-98, British aid expenditure for Zimbabwe was just over £12 million. Human rights are one of several factors that we consider in determining the level and content of the development assistance programmes but we are clear that the poor of Zimbabwe should not pay the price for human rights violations by their government.

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Daily Attendance of Life Peers

Lord Napier and Ettrick asked the Chairman of Committees:

    What has been the daily attendance of life Peers by party since the start of the present Session of Parliament up to and including Thursday 21 January 1999.[HL665]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): According to the House of Lords Information Office data base, the information requested is as follows.

Current affiliationNumber of attendances
24/11/98
Conservative64
Cross Bench14
Labour91
Liberal Democrats18
Unknown1
25/11/98
Conservative82
Cross Bench33
Labour102
Liberal Democrats30
Unknown2
26/11/98
Conservative76
Cross Bench31
Labour92
Liberal Democrats27
Unknown2
30/11/98
Conservative77
Cross Bench22
Labour100
Liberal Democrats28
Unknown2
1/12/98
Conservative100
Cross Bench32
Labour105
Liberal Democrats33
Unknown2
2/12/98
Conservative97
Cross Bench25
Labour102
Liberal Democrats27
Unknown2
3/12/98
Conservative82
Cross Bench33
Labour103
Liberal Democrats30
Unknown2
7/12/98
Conservative75
Cross Bench29
Labour114
Liberal Democrats31
Unknown1
8/12/98
Conservative99
Cross Bench30
Labour124
Liberal Democrats35
Unknown1
9/12/98
Conservative96
Cross Bench34
Labour113
Liberal Democrats26
Unknown1
10/12/98
Conservative79
Cross Bench26
Labour97
Liberal Democrats32
Unknown1
14/12/98
Conservative85
Cross Bench21
Labour107
Liberal Democrats29
Unknown1
15/12/98
Conservative114
Cross Bench31
Labour117
Liberal Democrats32
Unknown2
16/12/98
Conservative93
Cross Bench26
Labour95
Liberal Democrats25
Unknown2
17/12/98
Conservative67
Cross Bench18
Labour85
Liberal Democrats25
Unknown2
11/1/99
Conservative66
Cross Bench24
Labour84
Liberal Democrats28
Unknown2
12/1/99
Conservative92
Cross Bench22
Labour96
Liberal Democrats32
Unknown1
13/1/99
Conservative79
Cross Bench21
Labour96
Liberal Democrats27
Unknown1
14/1/99
Conservative73
Cross Bench24
Labour99
Liberal Democrats33
Unknown1
18/1/99
Conservative73
Cross Bench24
Labour104
Liberal Democrats31
Unknown2
19/1/99
Conservative88
Cross Bench25
Labour106
Liberal Democrats30
Unknown2
20/1/99
Conservative98
Cross Bench30
Labour100
Liberal Democrats32
Unknown2
21/1/99
Conservative70
Cross Bench23
Labour102
Liberal Democrats32
Unknown1

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