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Indonesia

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning the provision of training assistance to the Indonesian police force. [26951]

Mr. Foulkes: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have kept us informed of their plans to provide training assistance to the Indonesian police.

Caribbean Nations

Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will give details of

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(a) trade preference agreements, (b) debt relief and (c) aid currently being made available by Her Majesty's Government to (i) Trinidad and Tobago, (ii) Jamaica and (iii) Belize. [26563]

Clare Short: Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Belize are eligible for trade preferences from the European Union under the Lome Convention. No aid debt relief is currently being made available to any of the three countries. Total UK aid for 1996-97 was £278,000 for Trinidad and Tobago, £9,673,000 for Jamaica and £7,666,000 for Belize. We are currently considering whether debt relief should be extended to Jamaica and Belize under the Commonwealth Debt initiative.

St. Helena

Dr. Marek: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) scientific advisors and (b) other Government personnel are visiting St. Helena in 1998; and for what purposes. [26417]

Clare Short: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 30 January, Official Report, column 441.

Multilateral Agreement on Investment

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment on the Government's efforts to assist poor countries; and if she will make a statement. [26717]

Clare Short: The Government support the aim of providing a better international framework for investment, which we believe has an important part to play in helping the poorest countries attract inward investment. My Department is commissioning a study to look at any implications the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) may have for developing countries, which we will share with our negotiating partners. Although the MAI is not designed for poorer developing countries, we support continued consultation with them on this matter.

Mixed Credits

Sir Alastair Goodlad: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the use of mixed credits by DFID will receive independent scrutiny; and if she will make a statement. [26748]

Clare Short: The Select Committee on International Development have recently recommended that the use of mixed credits by DFID should receive independent scrutiny. We are currently considering this proposal.

International Development Budget

Mr. Singh: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what commitment the Government have made in terms of the percentage of GNP to which the International Development budget will be increased during the next five years. [26700]

Clare Short: We are committed to reversing the decline in the development assistance budget and to moving towards the UN target of 0.7 per cent. of GNP. We have undertaken to work within existing financial

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ceilings this year and next, while conducting a comprehensive expenditure review to ensure that all our resources are used effectively, in accordance with out policy priorities. Having done so, we can justify increasing the development assistance budget from 1999-2000.

Paris Club

Mr. Rowe: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to incorporate the Government's objectives, as set out in the White Paper, "Eliminating World Poverty", in the forthcoming Paris Club meetings. [26702]

Clare short: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor for the Exchequer leads on debt policy. But my Department is closely involved because debt relief can make an important contribution to the elimination of poverty in developing countries. In agreeing the Government's line to take for Paris Club meetings, the Department for International Development seeks to ensure that, in determining the amount of relief to be provided, due account is taken of the debtor country's ability to pay, and that essential public expenditure, particularly in the social sectors, can be maintained.

Nicaragua

Mr. Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the current British aid projects in Nicaragua. [26753]

Clare Short: Current British aid projects in Nicaragua are as follows:




AgencyProject title
CODA InternationalInstitutional Capacity Building Programme
Health UnlimitedCommunity Health Care Programme
International Cooperation for DevelopmentPromoting Gender and Development with Women's and Mixed Organisations
Marie Stopes InternationalDeveloping participative Programme Management Capacity
One World ActionCommunity Health Care Programme
One World ActionSupport for Solidez
Y CARE InternationalAcahualinca Youth and Community Development
Y CARE InternationalIntegrated Rural Community Development Programme

The list of Joint Funding Scheme projects currently being funded does not include those supported through the block grants provided to certain agencies. Information on these will not be available until mid 1998.


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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Members' Accommodation

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee if he will list, in relation to office accommodation made available to hon. Members for their personal use in the Parliamentary precinct, (a) the average floor space, (b) the smallest floor space, (c) the largest floor space and (d) the number of hon. Members sharing offices; and if he will make a statement. [26258]

Sir Sydney Chapman: The average floor space made available to hon. Members is 18.5 sq m. The smallest floor space is 5.6 sq m and the largest is 52.2 sq m. Some 80 hon. Members share offices with other Members.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Police

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the amounts of personal expenditure claimed by and reimbursed to the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland in (i) 1993-94, (ii) 1994-95, (iii) 1995-96, (iv) 1996-97 and (v) 1997 to date. [20754]

Mr. Ingram: The first table shows the amounts of personal expenditure on business incurred by and re-imbursed to the present Secretary and Chief Executive. The second table gives the total amounts of expenditure incurred by the present secretary and by his predecessor, including accounts which were submitted to and settled by the Authority on their behalf.

Table 1

£
July 1995-March 1996Nil
April 1996-March 1997664.00
April 1997-December 19971,229.00

Table 2

£
Previous Secretary (left post on 30 June 1996)
April 1993-March 19946,296.00
April 1994-March 19955,739.00
April 1995-30 June 1996279.00
Present Secretary (in post since 1 July 1996)
1 July 1996-March 19973,424.00
April 1996-March 19979,855.00
April 1997-December 19974,172.00

All figures rounded to the nearest £.


Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost of official journeys outside Northern Ireland by the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland in terms of (a) travel, (b) subsistence and (c) entertaining paid from official funds or for which reimbursement was claimed in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996 and (iii) 1997 to date.[20752]

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Mr. Ingram: The costs are as follows:

TravelSubsistenceHospitality
1995-961,6001,064225
1996-975,4952,432205
1997-to date2,100992Nil

All figures rounded to the nearest £.


Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place to authorise or reimburse personnel expenditure by the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland. [20753]

Mr. Ingram: All travelling and subsistence claims made by the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Police Authority are dealt with in accordance with Paragraph 6663 of the NICS Pay and Conditions of Service Code. They are made on a purpose designed Authority claim form which is used by all Authority staff.


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