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Palestinian Education

Mr. Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will suspend the transfer of further funds to the Palestinian Authority for education purposes until the schools under their control are reopened. [137501]

Clare Short: We have provided technical assistance to the Palestinian Ministry of Education for a number of years. Our help has focused on building the capacity of the Ministry, districts and schools to deliver high quality education to Palestinian children. To achieve this we have provided the services of experts, training and a limited amount of equipment. In company with other development partners we are considering further

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assistance to the education sector. There is no reason to delay this work because of school closures for valid security reasons.


Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the reconstruction of Kosovo; and if she will make a statement. [138195]

Mr. Foulkes: We have not had recent discussions on Kosovo with other Ministers but I met key officials on my visit to Kosovo earlier this year and officials of this Department attend meetings of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Reconstruction, which is responsible for the EU's programme in Kosovo. The Department's office in Pristina liaises directly with the agency and with other donors, including EU member states, on reconstruction issues. The agency has made good progress on developing its 360 million euros programme of reconstruction activities in 2000 since its establishment in March. The United Kingdom's contribution to this programme is about £39 million. In addition, we are providing £5 million in bilateral technical assistance in this financial year.

Departmental Employees (New Deal)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff her Department employs under the New Deal for Young People. [137959]

Mr. Foulkes: We currently employ two members of staff under the New Deal for Young People and have recently embarked on a new recruitment process for the New Deal arrangements.

Departmental Employees (HIV)

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will take steps to ensure that people who are HIV-positive do not suffer discrimination as a result of employment practices followed by her Department. [137792]

Mr. Foulkes: Staff who are HIV-positive are not discriminated against in any of DFID's employment practices. Staff who have AIDS are treated in the same way as others with potentially serious health conditions, bearing in mind DFID's duty of care to ensure the health and safety of staff with immuno-suppressive conditions.

Child Labour (Rugmark Initiative)

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the international Rugmark initiative; and what steps she has taken to encourage British carpet companies to take part. [137744]

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Mr. Foulkes: We have not been involved with the Rugmark initiative and therefore we have not made an assessment of it.

In general terms labelling can make a positive contribution to the elimination of child labour but impact hinges on effective monitoring, sustainable income replacement and/or access to quality education--if not children may simply be displaced into non export oriented work.

Debt Relief

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has received from Oxfam regarding reducing Third World debt. [138405]

Mr. Foulkes: The Secretary of State and I meet regularly with representatives of non-governmental organisations, including Oxfam, to discuss debt and other development issues.



Petrol Costs (Ministerial Cars)

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the cost was in each of the past three years of petrol for his Department's fleet of ministerial cars; and how many vehicles there are in that fleet. [135029]

Ms Beverley Hughes: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office, on 13 November 2000, Official Report, column 552W.

Housing Investment

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the total amount was of Government expenditure on capital investment in housing in each year since 1979-80 in (a) England and (b) London, separately identifying expenditure under capital receipts; and what the projected expenditure is in each category for each year until 2003-04. [135802]

Mr. Mullin: The available information on Government allocations, or outturns, for expenditure on housing capital investment made since 1979-80 is set out in the tables. A revised local authority finance regime was introduced from 1990-91, and thus prior years' figures are not directly comparable. Some of the resources allocated through the Single Regeneration Budget Challenge Fund and City Challenge are applied to housing, but this element is not distinguished in the allocations and is therefore not included. Allocations under the Capital Receipts Initiative over the period 1997-98 to 1999-2000 are identified separately in the table.

Government expenditure plans from 2001-02 to 2003-04 which were set out in the reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Thomas) on 24 July 2000, Official Report, columns 398-04W, are as follows.

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Spending Review 2000 Settlement Housing Capital Programmes
£ million

Housing Corporation ADP (including Rough Sleepers initiative)7899401,236
Local Authority Credit Approvals2,3052,4652,545
Disabled Facility Grants and Housing defects loans878889
Starter Homes Initiative50100100
Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund204060

Programme allocations at Regional level are yet to be decided.

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Specific allocations for Estate Action and Housing Action Trusts within the Regeneration Programme are as follows:

Estimated capital allocations\

Estate Action
of which London35.511.14.7
Housing Action Trusts

Allocation has yet to be distributed between individual HATs.

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Housing capital expenditure allocations 1979-80 to 1989-90(1)--England
£ million

Development Programme (ADP)--Gross expenditure(2)--(2)--521755734697711715752791935
Local Authority Basic Block allocations (prior to 1990-91)2,5442,1861,7711,8471,7691,8211,5721,3921,2621,119874
Estate Action(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--4267129176
Other allocations01725345464323325718345

Housing capital expenditure allocations 1990-91 to 2000-01(1)--England
£ million

Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme (ADP)--Gross expenditure1,0631,5861,7601,7961,4841,1421,044684607638542
Local Authority Credit Approvals (ACGs--from 1990- 91)1,2961,3431,2901,3781,0389949436285446092,019
Estate Action175264347357373239203155996568
Other Credit Approval221187110457088885131(3)--(3)--
Capital Receipts Initiative(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--174569570(3)--
Private Sector Renewal Support Grant413413397392308283271192166165(3)--
Disabled Facilities Grant(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--56596572
Estate Renewal Challenge Fund(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--3010314616581
Housing Action Trusts(3)--10275773476669766863

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Housing capital expenditure allocations 1979-1980 to 1989-90(1)--London
£ million

Development Programme (ADP)--Gross expenditure(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--
Local Authority Basic Block allocations (prior to 1990-91)887767548617532555480427385371290
Estate Action(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--15143037
Other allocations033146457317262

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Housing capital expenditure allocations 1990-91 to 2000-01(1)--London
£ million

Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme (ADP)--Gross expenditure(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--(2)--424408261252264276
Local Authority Credit Approvals (ACGs--from 1990-91)436451454474355321299194162184602
Estate Action3367939198888786684654
Other Credit Approvals1231002932843433118(3)--(3)--
Capital Receipts Initiative(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--53167170(3)--
Private Sector Renewal Support Grant55525755424445393333(3)--
Disabled Facilities Grant(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--991112
Estate Renewal Challenge Fund(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--(3)--13581147946
Housing Action Trusts(3)--(2)--(2)--2132232439333934

(1) Cash prices

(2) Denotes figures not available

(3) Not applicable


1. ADP Gross Expenditure--excludes ADP funding of City Challenge, Rough Sleepers Initiative and ERCF. Data prior to 1981-82 are unavailable as Corporation expenditure was not cash limited in this period. London boroughs' expenditure was not separately identifiable prior to the Corporation's regional re-organisation from 1995-96. The 1992-93 figure excludes £591 million under the Housing Market Package. 2000-01 figure is forecast expenditure.

2. Estate Action--figures up to 1994-95 represent supplementary credit approval (SCA) and continuation scheme allocations; thereafter, direct grant payment outturns within the Single Regeneration Budget. 2000-01 outturn is estimated.

3. Other allocations/credit approvals--covers special programmes for Energy Conservation, Home Insulation, Home Improvement, Private Sector Initiative, Homelessness, Special Grant Allowances, Rural Housing Defects Act, New Town Defective Dwellings, Flats over Shops, Cash Incentive Scheme and Housing Partnership Fund. Figures represent final outturn.

4. Capital Receipts Initiative--initial allocations.

5. Private Sector Renewal Support Grant--distributed via Specified Capital Grant Allowances 1990-91 to 1992-93; SCG-dependent SCAs 1993-94 to 1996-97.

5. Disabled Facilities Grant--initial allocation. DFG was incorporated within SCG and SCG-dependent SCAs prior to 1997-98.

6. Estate Renewal Challenge Fund--2000-01 outturn is estimated.

7. Housing Action Trusts--2000-01 outturn is estimated. Separate figure for London expenditure in 1991-92 and 1992-93 not available.

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