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Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to provide humanitarian relief to the refugees in West Timor; and what discussions he has had with the Indonesian Government over ensuring a secure environment for refugees and humanitarian agencies in West Timor. 
Clare Short: Accurate information on conditions in the refugee camps in West Timor remains difficult to obtain, following the withdrawal of UN staff and international NGOs in the aftermath of the killing of three UN workers in Atambua last September. The Indonesian Government appear to be managing the situation relatively well, and there have been no reports of widespread hunger, or appeals for humanitarian assistance.
Staff from my Department and from the Embassy in Jakarta participated in a meeting last week at which a draft Government of Indonesia plan to resolve the refugee situation in West Timor was discussed. This included a discussion of security, particularly ensuring a secure environment for the planned registration of refugees due
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Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 25 April 2001, Official Report, column 300W, on genetically modified fish, if she will identify the two environmental impact assessments referred to in her answer, indicating where the reports are available. 
Clare Short: Results of the first study are described in "Transgenic fish: an evaluation of benefits and risks" published in Fish and Fisheries. Results of the second study are described in "Growth and nutritional trials on transgenic Nile tilapia containing an exogenous fish growth hormone gene". This paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Fish Biology.
Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contractual relationship exists between her Majesty's Government and fish geneticists at the University of Wales; and what returns her Department has had to date from the profit sharing agreement. 
Clare Short: The University of Wales was contracted to manage my Departments fish genetics research programme until 31 March 2001 when the contract ended. From 1 April 2001, the programme has merged with the aquaculture research programme managed by the University of Stirling.
Fishgen Ltd., a company established by the University of Wales to market the products of fisheries research, uses a proportion of its profits to supplement funding from my Department for fisheries research of benefit to the needs of poor people in developing countries.
Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 10 April 2001, Official Report, column 547W, if she will list Departmental staff involved at the Hanoi conference in November 2000, other United Kingdom participants who attended and those assisted to do so by Her Majesty's Government's funding; and where the conference report and papers are available. 
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|Sexual and Reproductive Health Phase 2||2000-04||20|
|Rural District Councils Capacity Building Programme||1996-2001||10.6|
|Civil Society Land Resettlement Challenge Fund||2000-04||5|
|Integrated Poverty Monitoring and Analysis System||2000-03||1.06|
|Wills and Inheritance Laws||2000-02||0.86|
|Bikita and Lupane Integrated Rural Water Supply and Sanitation projects||1995-2002||6.27|
|Social Marketing of Condoms||1996-2001||2.8|
|Small Dams Rehabilitation||1997-2001||1.96|
|Empowerment of Farm Worker Communities||1999-2002||1.6|
|Credit for the Informal Sector||1995-2002||1.3|
|Agribusiness Entrepreneur Network and Training Development||1997-2001||0.49|
|Bulilima-Mangwe Water Supply and Environmental Rehabilitation project||1998-2001||0.31|
|Community Based Maintenance of Water Points in Binga||1998-2001||0.24|
|Food security Risk Mapping||1997-2001||0.23|
|Dynamics of Rural Poverty study||1999-2001||0.2|
|Education sector HIV/AIDS impact assessment||2001||0.13|
|Emergency cholera control||2001||0.05|
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I have closed 12 development projects and suspended or substantially modified five others over the last 12 months. I continue to keep the Zimbabwe programme under regular review to ensure it is still effective and appropriate in the current difficult circumstances.
Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department has given to the Vision 2020 proposals for agricultural reform in Andhra Pradesh, India. 
Clare Short: DFID is providing £45 million over seven years to support a major rural livelihoods project in Andhra Pradesh. A key objective is to support the development of agricultural productivity in the state's rain-fed drylands. Another objective is to support the state Government's capacity to address key policy issues in agriculture, natural resources management and rural development.
We are also currently financing a review of public expenditure in the state. This review will assist the state Government in reallocating resources to meet the Vision 2020 objectives, including those in the agricultural sector.
With the World bank, we are considering budgetary assistance to Andhra Pradesh. In the rural sector, the proposed programme would help the state Government provide the necessary enabling environment for faster agricultural growth.
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to his answers of 26 April 2001, Official Report, column 341W, if he will list by valuation office area the number of appeals (a) made and (b) decided at the most recent date for which the information is available; 
(3) what additional resources are being made available to the Valuation Office Agency to enable appeals for a temporary reduction in rating assessments on the grounds of the impact of foot and mouth to be decided quickly. 
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targeted at the most disadvantaged areas in all parts of the UK. The areas to qualify will be published as soon as possible.
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