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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Mine Clearance

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by the UK Government on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance, (c) military initiative mine clearance, (d) mine awareness, (e) victim assistance and (f) research and development for mine clearance in 2000–01. [3389]

Clare Short: Disbursements are as follows:

2000–01

£
(a) Humanitarian Mine Clearance(2)14,500,000
(c) Mine Awareness500,000
(d) Research and Development1,000,000

(2) Includes integrated mine awareness activities. As programmes are often integrated separate costs of awareness are not available.

Notes:

1. All expenditure by Department of International Development (DFID)

2. Military mine clearance has taken place in the Balkans since 1992. Military advisers have been attached to UN Mine Action Centres assisting in the development of mine action programmes. They have also supervised the mine clearance carried out by the Entity Armed Forces and provided mine awareness to local populations. The Mine Information Training Centre (MITC) at Minley has provided mine awareness training to over 30,000 people. The MOD has also continued to monitor minefields in the Falkland Islands. This work is part of the wider responsibilities of those involved and is impossible to cost accurately.

3. DFID has not funded commercial mine clearance. There are no records of UK commercial demining activities currently available in Department of Trade and Industry.

4. Assistance to land mine victims is additional to our mine action programme. Mine victims benefit from our mainstream health and population and social development programmes, as well as specific programmes assisting the disabled. It is not possible to disaggregate expenditure figures for land mine victims.


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Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list Government expenditure on humanitarian mine clearance in 2000–01, broken down by country. [3388]

Clare Short: Government expenditure on mine action programmes is indicated in the table.

£
Albania369,648
Cambodia1,430,571
Chad270,000
Croatia150,000
Eritrea/Ethiopia544,151
Georgia456,259
Guinea Bissau120,000
Iraq616,100
Jordan270,000
Laos616,889
Lebanon387,297
Nicaragua283,000
Thailand300,000
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Kosovo)7,899,020
Global/Regional4,000,000

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the organisations to which the Government have given money for the purpose of mine clearance in 2000–01 specifying the amount given in each case. [3390]

Clare Short: The table gives the figures requested.

2000–01

£
The HALO Trust1,863,304
Mines Advisory Group (MAG)1,164,015
Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) (via UNDPP214,285
Croatian Mine Advisory Centre150,000
Government of Jordan270,000
Organisation of American States—Nicaragua demining283,000
United Nations Mine Action Service—Kosovo390,364
Battle Area Clearance Training Equipment Consultants (BACTEC)—Kosovo1,100,616
Defence Systems Ltd. (DSL)—Kosovo3,118,404
European Landmine Solutions ELS—Kosovo2,550,632
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)—Global600,000
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)500,000
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)790,000
Cranfield Mine Action162,182
Landmine Monitor157,000
Defence Evaluation and Research Establishment (DERA)306,060
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)23,105
Aardvark52,613
MineLifta45,952
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)600,000

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Belize

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 41W, concerning the KPMG report on Belize, for what reason the report will not be placed in the public domain. [2930]

Clare Short: The Government of Belize requested at the outset that the information contained in the consultants' report should be regarded as confidential between our two Governments.

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 41W, concerning the KPMG report on Belize, when the report was submitted; for what reasons it failed to fulfil the terms of reference; and if she will place in the Library the original terms of reference. [2931]

Clare Short: A draft report was submitted by KPMG on 18 September 2000 which did not incorporate an assessment of the benefits and costs of public investment companies in Belize. A copy of the terms of reference will be placed in the Library.

Chechnya

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will make a statement on Russia's response to the World Bank's request for information about the budgetary impact upon it of the Chechnya war; and if she will make it her policy to use the World Bank to encourage that country to apply for redevelopment support for the Chechnya area; [2726]

Clare Short: Responsibility for the redevelopment of Chechnya lies with the Russian Government, and it will be for Russia to decide whether to seek assistance from the international community. However, while fighting continues and the security situation remains poor, the redevelopment of Chechnya on any significant scale is unlikely to be possible.

Britain is contributing to international appeals to provide help for those displaced by the conflict. So far this year we have directly contributed £1.75 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross and £1.6 million to the United Nations Interagency Appeal. We also contribute through the European Commission Humanitarian Office.

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HOME DEPARTMENT

Firearms (Police)

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police operations there were per police force in which firearms were issued; how many authorised firearms officers were involved; how many operations involved armed response vehicles between (a) April 1999 to March 2000 and (b) April 2000 to March 2001; and if he will make a statement. [3253]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 10 July 2001]: The latest available statistics for the police use of firearms in England and Wales were published on 12 April 2000, Official Report, column 223W, in an answer from the then Minister of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke), to my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Phil Hope), and covered the period 1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999. The statistics for April 1999 to March 2000 will be announced shortly.

Prisoners (Conditions)

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours were spent on purposeful activity in (a) male local prisons, (b) male open prisons, (c) male closed training prisons, (d) male young offender institutions, (e) female prisons and (f) female young offender institutions in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1999–2000 and (iii) 2000–01; and if he will make a statement. [2479]

Beverley Hughes: The average hours per week spent in purposeful activity in 1996–97, 1999–2000 and 2000–01, by establishment function, are given in the table.

Function name1996–971999–20002000–01
Category B21.623.424.5
Category C27.426.826.6
Dispersal19.419.219.4
Female closed28.623.825.4
Female local22.219.823.0
Female open37.939.339.3
Male closed YOI22.220.822.3
Male juvenile38.737.937.0
Male local19.219.520.2
Male open42.442.742.3
Male open YOI46.043.740.4
Male remand centre16.317.618.8

Prison Service (Assaults)

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on (a) prisoners, (b) prison staff and (c) other people in Prison Service establishments there were in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1999–2000 and (iii) 2000–01; and if he will make a statement. [2477]

Beverley Hughes: The number of proven adjudications for assaults on prisoners, staff and others for the years 1996–97, 1999–2000 and 2000–01 are listed in the table. The Prison Service does not record data on assaults on staff and others separately. Data on assaults and all Prison Service key performance indicators are published annually in Her Majesty's Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts and Her Majesty's Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan.

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The number of proven adjudications for assault at any time will in part reflect the total number or prisoners and the extent to which victims are enabled to come forward with complaints.

Assaults on prisonersAssaults on staff/othersTotal assaults
1996–972,7472,5315,278
1999–20003,4573,0106,467
2000–013,2823,1076,389


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