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Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to countries in the clearance of anti-personnel land mines; and if she will list the countries concerned. 
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Clare Short: DFID's humanitarian mine action strategy is directed towards widening support for the anti-personnel land mines ban and helping developing countries to develop their own capacity to meet their Ottawa Convention obligations; supporting mines awareness and clearance programmes including, in particular, encouraging practical innovation to enhance safety and efficiency in operations; and strengthening international systems for co-ordination.
DFID has allocated £10 million in the current financial year on humanitarian mine action. Additional resources are available for unforeseen emergency responses such as Afghanistan, for which we have committed a further £2 million for mine action. DFID funding is channelled increasingly towards international organisations (core funding as well as country-specific programmes). Additionally we fund projects bilaterally through NGOs and to a limited extent commercial demining organisations. The profile of expenditure in 200102 is expected to be:
|Country/organisation||Amount (£ million)|
|United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)||1.0|
|United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)||0.6|
|Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)||1.0|
|International Testing and Evaluation Programme (ITEP)||0.4|
|Mine Action Research||0.25|
|Kosovo, Cambodia, Georgia|
|N. Iraq, Cambodia, Laos|
|Mines Action Group (MAG)||2.0|
|International Trust Fund||0.5|
|International Trust Fund||0.125|
|Bilateral via NGO and commercial demining organisations||2.0|
|Organisation of American States||0.2|
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial aid and advice her Department gives to countries to counter the spread of HIV/AIDS; and if she will list (a) the countries and (b) the financial help being allocated. 
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Clare Short: My Department supports comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, control and mitigation programmes. We continue to give greatest priority to prevention, but we also place emphasis on reducing the personal, social and economic impact of illness and death caused by the disease. We seek to support the development, strengthening and implementation of national strategies to combat HIV/AIDS and to provide assistance in the framework of such strategies.
Serbia and Montenegro
Republic of South Africa
West Bank and Gaza
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Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times Mr. Graham Mills, a professional clay pigeon competitor has (a) been stopped by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and (b) had his house raided by Customs and Excise. 
Mr. Boateng [holding answer 27 November 2001]: It would be inappropriate to disclose information about enforcement or investigation matters as provided in Exemption 4 (Law enforcement and legal proceedings) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the yield from the upper rate of income tax for each of the years (a) 19992000, (b) 200001, (c) 200102, (d) 200203, (e) 200304, (f) 200405 and (g) 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he plans to take in order to avoid avoidance of income tax liabilities by individuals who pay tax at the upper income tax rate of 40 per cent. by use of capital gains tax; and if he will make a statement. 
In addition, we will keep the position under close review and will not hesitate to take action to protect the income tax yield if new tax avoidance schemes for turning income into capital are introduced.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to allow the maturation, bottling and packaging of Scotch whisky to qualify for the climate change levy rebate scheme. 
Mr. Boateng: Eligible sectors are those covered by Parts A1 and A2 of Schedule 1 to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Regulations. These sectors have a regulatory requirement to use energy efficiently, unlike other sectors. There are no current plans to change this definition.
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to seek an amendment to the Holding and Movements Directive to permit spirits producers a defence of due diligence when consignments are lost. 
Mr. Boateng: The Scottish Affairs Committee, in its report published in November 2001, recommended that the Government look at a defence of due diligence when excise consignments are lost. The Government are considering their response to this report and will reply in due course.
This period usually starts when the shares are acquired. For shares acquired under options granted under Enterprise Management Incentives, it starts with the date of grant. For shares acquired under the Share Incentive Plan, it starts when the shares leave the plan.
The business assets rate of taper relief is available to employees of trading companies who dispose of shares in their companies and to employees of non-trading companies who do not have a material interest in the company. Such employees will be able to benefit from the improvements to the taper which were announced in the pre-Budget report.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he has taken in response to the 1998 IMF Article IV, Consultation Concluding Statement, regarding tax expenditures; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the costs of the main tax reliefs in 200001 and 200102 are published twice a year: in the Budget and, at the time of the pre-Budget report, in the "Tax Ready Reckoner and Tax Reliefs". Both documents are available in the Library of the House.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the 2001 IMF Article IV consultation, Concluding Statement, regarding broadening the tax base; and if he will make a statement. 
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