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Clare Short: DFID is currently designing a new multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS programme, due to start next year, with an anticipated budget of £40 million over four years. Since 1994, the UK Government have allocated £19 million to help combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
Clare Short: DFID's co-operation with South Africa includes support to the Government's National HIV/AIDS and STD programme, finance for a national condom social marketing programme and assistance to various NGOs to help promote behaviour change and improve HIV/AIDS-related services. We are now working with South African partners to design a substantial new initiative which will extend our support to include the education system and the private sector.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on progress made by the UN panel in Zimbabwe on the report into resource exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
Clare Short: The final report of the UN panel into resource exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has not yet been published. The report is due to be published in the near future. We are not aware of the contents of the final report.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Commonwealth scholarships have been awarded to students who were nominated by bodies other than the student's own Government in 200001. 
Clare Short: In 200001, 241 individuals took up places under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship plan, 134 of whom were nominated through agencies appointed by the governments of their respective countries. 107 were also nominated directly from their universities, except in the case of the Indian sub- continent, where nominations come from the national university authorities of the countries concerned.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-Governmental organisations she has invited to accompany the United Kingdom delegation to the world trade negotiations in Doha. 
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Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will set out the policies she plans to put forward at the world trade summit in Doha; and if she will place in the Library copies of all documents (a) submitted by the United Kingdom to the Doha summit and (b) distributed at Doha by (i) other countries and (ii) international bodies. 
Clare Short: I advocated the launch of a 'Development Round' in which cuts are made to the tariffs and subsidies which act as barriers to the exports of developing countries, and in which the problems developing countries face in implementing WTO agreements are addressed.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the outcome of the talks between the presidents of Uganda and Rwanda on Tuesday 6 November. 
Clare Short: This was an important and fruitful meeting. The two Presidents signed an Understanding not to interfere in each other's affairs and to set up mechanisms to monitor this with the UK acting as Third Party. The Prime Minister briefly joined the talks.
Clare Short: The Government have signed the optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child that strengthens the protection it gives against the sale of children, and child prostitution, and also the new convention against transnational crime that includes a protocol on trafficking of women and children.
We are working with European partners and African states on this issue. It was one of the most important issues tackled at the recent Africa-EU summit. The states in the region are making serious efforts to counter it.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many consultation documents were issued by her Department and its predecessor office from (a) 15 October to 14 January, (b) 15 January to 14 April, (c) 15 April to 14 July and (d) 15 July to 14 October in each year from 1996. 
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Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census
Those undertaking the diploma-level qualification receive a non-means tested bursary (currently £5,305 (£6,232 in London)), while those on the degree-level programme receive a means tested bursary (current rate £2,098 (£2,578 in London)) and student loan. Degree- level students receive additional payments to take account of the longer length of academic year undertaken by health professional students and for both groups additional allowances are available to older students, single parents and others with dependants.
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With effect from September the basic bursaries were increased by 10.4 per cent. coupled with a 2.4 per cent. inflation increase in the additional allowances and other elements of the bursary scheme. This is the biggest increase since the introduction of the bursary more than 10 years ago.
Mr. Hutton: National health service-funded students studying at degree-level who have taken out their full entitlement to a bursary and loan and who find themselves in financial difficulty can apply through their university/ college for additional help in the form of hardship loans. Degree-level students who have exhausted all other sources of financial help may, in exceptional circumstances be eligible for an NHS hardship grant.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Skills announced on 4 October 2001 that there would be a review of student funding policy, to include consideration of hardship support. The Department will consider the findings of the review in relation to NHS- funded students.
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