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Special Advisers

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average time is that the Head of his Department has recommended since May 1997 between a special adviser leaving his Department and taking up outside employment; and if he will make a statement. [28910]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: I refer the hon. Member to the answer provided to him by the Prime Minister on 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 594W.

Civil Servants

Mr. Wray: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many civil servants work for each Government Department; [28068]

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Mr. Leslie: Figures for April 2001 were published on 8 November 2001 in a press notice, copies of which can be found in the Library of the House. This information can also be accessed on the world wide web at

Mr. Wray: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the salary is for each of the civil service grades. [28069]

Mr. Leslie: The latest information, broken down by salary and grade level, is published in "Civil Service Statistics 2000" and is based on 1 April 2000 data. Copies of the publication can be found in the Library of the House. Table H of that publication shows numbers of civil servants by salary band and responsibility level. Departments and agencies are responsible for their own grading structures, but these have been allocated to broad responsibility levels to give a common basis for tabulation.

For the senior civil service, new bands will be introduced from 1 April 2002. I refer my hon. Friend to the Prime Minister's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Savidge) on 10 January 2002, Official Report, column 993W, and to the documents placed in the Library of the House.


Empty Properties

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) her Department, (ii) her agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which she has had responsibility in each of the last four years. [30075]

Hilary Benn: The Department for International Development owns no empty properties. There are no agencies or other public bodies for which we are responsible.


Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the frequency of the accidental triggering of land mines arising from the internal emigration of Afghans from the cities to the countryside following the start of the bombing of Afghan cities in October 2001. [28652]

Hilary Benn: Afghanistan has long been one of the countries most severely affected by land mine contamination, a problem which has existed for about 20 years.

The provision of precise information on mine/UXO victims since September 2001 is very limited. Reporting to hospitals by land mine/UXO victims has been disrupted by hostilities and by the restrictions on freedom of movement. The limited information that has been reported to the Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA) indicates that land mines continue to claim lives throughout the country as people move in areas that are

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at risk. Unfortunately the problem is expected to worsen with the increasing repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Mine action operations will continue to be focused on supporting humanitarian aid movements through the clearance of communication routes, airports and high priority areas near to civilian populations, thereby reducing the risk for returnees. Coalition forces are sharing information with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

As part of our overall commitment of £60 million to support the UN led humanitarian and recovery effort, we have allocated £3 million through UNMAS for future humanitarian mine action interventions in Afghanistan. This will cover mine clearance operations in Afghanistan as described above.

Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) money and (b) logistical resources have been (i) donated to and (ii) committed to the reconstruction of the physical, environmental and institutional infrastructures of Afghanistan by the United Kingdom and other donor countries. [28521]

Hilary Benn: We have set aside £20 million in this financial year to support the Interim Administration and the United Nations-led transitional recovery and rehabilitation process, while continuing to respond to humanitarian needs. This includes a contribution of £2 million already provided to the UN Afghan Interim Authority Fund to provide salaries of key public servants, equipment and supplies. As well as financial assistance, we are providing technical personnel and logistical, material and other practical support.

At the international conference on the reconstruction of Afghanistan held in Tokyo from 21–22 January 2002, I announced a significant contribution to be used for the long term rehabilitation of Afghanistan. The UK has committed £200 million over the next five financial years for both reconstruction and humanitarian activities. The majority of this pledge will be channelled through UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.

This pledge is in addition to the significant sums that the UK has contributed to the World bank, European Union and Asian Development bank, which will also direct further funds into Afghanistan in the coming years. The UK share of the European Union pledge alone with be 20 per cent.

More than 50 countries and international organisations are currently represented at the Tokyo conference and a consolidated total of pledges will be announced when the conference concludes. This will be reported on the website

Money Laundering (African Governments)

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what attempts she is making to monitor money sent overseas by President Mugabe; [28759]

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Peter Hain: I have been asked to reply.

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The UK plays a leading role in international efforts to combat money laundering and corruption. The UK co-operates with a wide range of international partners to this end.

I am withholding further information under Exemption 4(b) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

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Special Educational Needs

Angela Watkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ensure that special schools continue to be part of the range of special needs provision. [27056]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government's policy on special schools is clear. We want to build on the wealth of expertise within the special school sector and ensure it is at the heart of inclusive education systems. Special schools have a continuing and vital role to play, and in future will need to be confident, outward looking centres of excellence working in partnership with mainstream

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schools. It is for local education authorities to determine the pattern of their provision in order to meet pupils' needs and take account of parents' wishes.

School Funding (London)

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what has been the total spending on schools in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. [28177]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is contained in the table. Expenditure in running these authorities was affected by schools becoming grant-maintained during the early part of this period, and by the return of grant-maintained schools to LEA-maintained status in 1999–2000.

Net institutional expenditure(4)
£ million

London authorities All sectors
LEA nameLEA no.1990–911991–921992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–2000
City of London2010.4570.6160.7110.7330.7610.8080.8300.7970.8550.949
Hammersmith and Fulham20537.26438.81041.91543.28143.29442.87944.20345.98347.37455.246
Kensington and Chelsea20723.42427.86925.23625.23924.69927.09926.47927.88128.80734.967
Tower Hamlets21169.58379.72084.05296.82995.23999.152104.346102.995110.154125.519
Barking and Dagenham30142.63245.81050.19651.44455.17958.36461.67462.65269.25274.408
Kingston upon Thames31430.94234.49337.40631.50331.90331.84132.42231.56033.98548.316
Richmond upon Thames31828.81132.41636.24937.09139.57340.81841.97743.52444.93846.781
Waltham Forest32065.67367.81667.46768.52965.28174.02773.81276.50980.80997.962

(4) Total funding on schools is given by Net Institutional Expenditure which covers all school-based recurrent spending, including teaching and non-teaching staff salaries, school premises costs, equipment and supplies, and unspent balances held by schools at the year end. It excludes spending on special schools, central administration and support services such as transport and school meals as well as capital expenditure.

NIE includes school balances for most years. However, balance information was not available for some previous years, and in some cases for special schools. Therefore, NIE figures across the series may not be strictly comparable.

Expenditure data for 1990–2001 to 1998–99 inclusive are taken from RO1 returns; data for 1999–2000 taken from local authorities' S52 outturn statements.

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