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Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Orissa. [99237]

Mr. Foulkes: The cyclone that hit Orissa on 29 August has caused widespread damage and suffering. Millions of people have been affected by the cyclone and its aftermath. Alongside the Government of India's own efforts, we have committed over £2.5 million for immediate relief. Much of this has been channelled through five UK-based non-governmental organisations (CARE, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Oxfam and Help Age International), which are working through Indian partner agencies to help the most seriously affected families. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has received funding to provide food, as have various United Nations agencies such as UNICEF. A team from our Department concluded an on-the-spot assessment to guide our decisions on targeting the most needy areas and supporting the most effective agencies.

In the coming months we shall be looking at re-starting our development aid programme in Orissa, alongside the major rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts that will be required.

Sierra Leone

Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she expects the £10 million assistance to Sierra Leone announced by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to be available to improve health facilities in the Kambia region; and if she will make a statement. [100063]

Mr. Foulkes: The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing the Government of Sierra Leone with assistance for the implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) process for ex-combatants (comprising £3 million for logistical support and a £3.5 million contribution to the World Bank managed Multi Donor Trust Fund); over £1 million towards the cost of the Commonwealth Police Development Task Force; support to the Sierra Leone Ministry of Defence for security sector reform projects to help create a civilian structure to manage the armed forces (£1.7 million); the provision of a ferry boat (£0.9 million) and around £2.4 million for a range of non-governmental organisation activities to help the country cope with its humanitarian needs. DFID has also provided £5 million worth of emergency budget support.

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A number of good governance projects, including assistance to help the country prepare for democratic elections in 2001, are presently under consideration. Also, a second tranche of budget support to help Sierra Leone clear its debt arrears to the international finance institutions is likely to be approved before the end of the year.

DFID does not have any plans at present for funding projects in the health sector. The European Commission is preparing a programme but its implementation will depend upon obtaining access to outlying districts, especially those such as Kambia which is controlled by rebel (RUF) forces who have not yet entered DDR.

IT Projects

Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the information technology projects currently being undertaken by her Department and by agencies responsible to her Department, including (a) the start date, (b) the planned completion date, (c) the current expected completion date, (d) the planned costs and (e) the current estimated cost; and if she will make a statement. [99671]

Mr. Foulkes: The only significant current project in the Department for International Development (DFID) is the roll-out of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to provide on-line access to our major offices overseas. Work commenced in July 1999 and is scheduled for completion on time and within budget (£400,000) in early 2001. DFID systems are small scale and low risk. Our technical architectural values ensure appropriate use is made of packaged software and bespoke solutions. Our total annual IT budget is around £5.5 million. All IT projects have been delivered within 10 per cent. of estimates and implementation schedules.

DFID has a rolling programme for development of IT infrastructure and Corporate Business Systems. This will include two key corporate systems: a phased development of a Performance Reporting Information System for Management (PRISM), and a resource accounting and budgeting system (CODA). Development work will resume in early 2000.

Our plans for major IT projects in the future will include: the upgrade of desktop operating systems and applications suite, the upgrade of desktop hardware, the replacement of the Management Information System, an electronic document management system, and contract administration.

Ministerial Meetings

Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how often she meets her French counterpart; and if she will make a statement. [100049]

Mr. Foulkes: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State frequently meets the French Minister for Co-operation, both bilaterally and at international meetings such as the EU Development Council and World Bank/IMF Development Committee. Their last bilateral meeting was on 18 November and they plan to meet again on 9 December.

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Care Costs (Children)

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost of hotel accommodation for children in care in the North and West Belfast Trust in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [99266]

Mr. George Howarth: During the last 12 months North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust has used hotel accommodation for one young person in its care at a cost of £975.

DNA Register

Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are registered on the DNA Register in Northern Ireland. [100320]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 29 November 1999]: Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Forensic Science Agency under its chief

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executive, Dr. Adams. I have asked him for a reply to be given.

Letter from R. W. Adams to Mr. Jeffrey Donaldson, dated 29 November 1999:


New Deal

Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many lone parents have been contacted under the New Deal in (a) Greater London and (b) Leaside District; how many have attended an initial interview; and what proportion has been successfully placed in the employment option. [99634]

Ms Jowell: The information requested is shown in the following table.

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Greater London (2)Leaside ES District
Number of lone parents who have received invitation letters84,840(3)--
Number of lone parents attending an initial interview12,740552
Number of lone parents agreeing to participate in NDLP11,090471
Number lone parents gaining jobs 2,28066
As a proportion of the number agreeing to participate (percentage)2114

(2) Greater London is defined as the following ES Districts: Thameside; Southwark; Lambeth; West End; Hackney and City; Crawley; Romford; Edgware; Wembley; West London; Ealing; Thames Gateway; Wandsworth; Sutton, Merton and Kingston; Ilford; Leaside; Croydon and Bromley; Lewisham.

(3) Data on the number of lone parents contacted in Leaside ES District are not available. The combined figure for the number of NDLP letters issued in Leaside and Edgware ES Districts is 10,680.

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British Teachers (European Schools)

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps he plans to take to secure an extension of the length of contracts of British teachers working in the European Schools beyond the current nine-year maximum. [100064]

Mr. Wicks: None.

FE Colleges

Ms Jenny Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he expects to receive the report from the National Audit Office concerning the funding of further education colleges. [100245]

Mr. Wicks: The timing of the presentation of National Audit Office reports to Parliament is decided by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what level of provision each TEC has made for the severance packages of its chief executive. [100109]

Mr. Wicks: The information requested is not held centrally.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what level of liabilities are reported in the accounts of each of the 72 TECs for 1998-99. [100105]

Mr. Wicks: The following table gives the liabilities for each of the 72 TECs as reported in their 1998-99 audited statutory accounts.

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Liabilities reported in the TECs' accounts for 1998-99

TECCurrent liabilitiesLong term liabilitiesTotal liabilities
Isle of Wight989,0810989,081
Milton Keynes and North Bucks2,476,03702,476,037
Thames Valley Enterprise4,278,6653544,279,019
Heart of England2,152,156130,1972,282,353
North West London2,212,456356,8712,569,327
West London7,670,2742,313,2489,983,522
South London6,188,00006,188,000
North London6,230,96206,230,962
Greater Peterborough2,451,33982,6762,534,015
Norfolk and Waveney3,858,00003,858,000
The Link Group (Gloucester)1,955,15537,7851,992,940
Coventry and Warwickshire5,350,80205,350,802
North Derbyshire1,657,75801,657,758
Greater Nottinghamshire1,953,00001,953,000
North Nottinghamshire2,219,61102,219,611
South Derbyshire2,400,00002,400,000
Calderdale and Kirklees3,297,58103,297,581
Bradford and District2,399,94602,399,946
Barnsley and Doncaster4,400,0009,0004,409,000
North Yorkshire2,429,00002,429,000
South and East Cheshire2,149,310221,0092,370,319
Stockport and High Peak1,835,08301,835,083
Bolton and Bury2,798,9851,291,3764,090,361
St. Helens1,773,68615,0001,788,686
Sunderland City2,851,9176,496,0809,347,997
County Durham4,496,16904,496,169
Tees Valley5,998,000245,0006,243,000
Total Liabilities283,515,92320,807,587304,323,510


1998-99 TEC statutory accounts

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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what contingency plans he has prepared to deal with under-estimated liabilities in the same manner as reserves and assets upon the winding up of the TECs. [100107]

Mr. Wicks: As private companies, it is ultimately the responsibility of each TEC to ensure it assesses its liabilities accurately and that it has available sufficient funds to meet these. The Secretary of State has no obligation through the contract to meet any liabilities which cannot be met from a TEC's own resources. However, through its contract with the TEC, the Secretary of State has agreed to put in place arrangements to provide funds to meet the costs arising after 25 March 2001 in respect of those persons already participating under Work Based Training for Young People and Work Based Learning for Adults so that they can complete their individual training plans. Similar arrangements also exist for any non-discretionary activity directly funded by the Secretary of State.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps he is taking to ensure that the level of liabilities reported in TEC accounts is accurate and based on a realistic appraisal of the future costs each is likely to incur. [100106]

Mr. Wicks: TEC statutory accounts are required under company law to be audited by the TECs' external auditors. As part of their work, the auditors will have to satisfy themselves that the level of liabilities reported are

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valid and that the accounts give a true and fair view of the finances of the TEC. Government Offices are also discussing transition plans with TECs which include a detailed assessment of the assets and liabilities of each TEC.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if the moneys each of the TECs is contributing to the legal fund controlled by the TEC National Council is listed as liabilities in their audited statutory accounts 1998-99; and if they are liabilities upon the Secretary of State's funds. [100108]

Mr. Wicks: The latest available audited statutory accounts are for the year ended 28 March 1999 and as such precede the announcement of the White Paper "Learning to Succeed". They do not include any liabilities for contributions to a legal fund.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list expenditure by each TEC (a) since the publication of the White Paper, "Learning to Succeed-a New Framework for Post-16 Learning" in June 1999 and (b) in the 12 months preceding its publication. [99935]

Mr. Wicks: The following table shows a list of expenditure in the 12 months preceding the publication which has been taken from the audited statutory accounts for the year ended 28 March 1999. For the period since the publication (July to September 1999) the TECs management accounts, although not directly comparable, show total expenditure of £370 million.

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Expenditure by each TEC (1998-99)

TECDirect expenditureAdministration costsTotal expenditure
Isle of Wight2,708,7381,168,0213,876,759
Milton Keynes and North Buckinghamshire9,790,6331,316,44411,107,077
Thames Valley Enterprise22,819,1633,122,05425,941,217
Heart of England10,175,9174,174,01414,349,931
North West London9,835,4241,232,89811,068,325
West London22,113,8401,994,45624,108,296
South London31,706,0004,956,00036,662,000
North London16,661,2164,100,12120,761,337
Greater Peterborough9,630,4731,935,51311,565,986
Norfolk and Waveney15,503,0001,114,00016,617,000
The Link Group (Gloucester)12,838,1772,112,79114,950,968
Coventry and Warwickshire21,660,0794,163,84725,823,926
North Derbyshire9,854,4542,447,47012,301,924
Greater Nottinghamshire12,893,0002,988,00015,881,000
North Nottinghamshire15,200,648521,20215,721,850
South Derbyshire12,189,0003,948,00016,137,000
Calderdale and Kirklees17,531,8453,468,05820,999,903
Bradford and District12,224,6361,703,64113,928,277
Barnsley and Doncaster19,295,0003,006,00022,301,000
North Yorkshire15,262,0003,309,00018,571,000
South and East Cheshire14,024,2261,310,21015,334,436
Stockport and High Peak12,035,779755,22812,791,007
Bolton and Bury10,858,7373,754,61314,613,350
St. Helens8,968,5811,264,21310,232,794
Sunderland City13,651,9502,353,95716,005,907
County Durham15,655,6562,887,45318,543,109
Tees Valley28,103,0005,968,00034,071,000
Total expenditure1,260,154,194193,157,8561,453,312,050


1998-99 TEC statutory accounts

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