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Hilary Benn: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development meets regularly with representatives of the UN and its specialised agencies to discuss a range of issues, including progress on the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria (GFATM). My
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officials have been instrumental in getting the fund set up effectively and have worked in close co-operation with WHO, UNAIDS and many others. The UK has a seat on the GFATM board along with WHO and UNAIDS who are both ex officio members.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of levels of tuberculosis in the Badghis province of Afghanistan; and what action is being taken to treat those with tuberculosis. 
Hilary Benn: The Department for International Development is not aware of any quantitative assessment by humanitarian agencies of levels of tuberculosis in Badghis province. However as one of the most vulnerable regions of Afghanistan, levels of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis are likely to be significant.
My Department has allocated significant funds to agencies working to improve disease surveillance and the provision of emergency health supplies, while assisting the rehabilitation of health facilitiesin particular to build up the capacity of the Afghan Interim Administration's Ministry of Public Health. This includes £5 million to the World Health Organisation, £8 million to UNICEF, £5 million to the Red Cross movement, as well as support to local and international non-governmental organisations.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action was taken by her Department to ensure that timber procured for the recent refurbishment of the International Development building on 1 Palace street was sourced (a) sustainably and (b) legally. 
Hilary Benn: The contractual documentation as specified by my Department for the refurbishment work on 1 Palace street, included our standards for the use of sustainable sources of hardwood, timber products and plywood. This required all such procurement to be carried out in accordance with standards set by the Building Research Environmental Evaluation Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) in relation to materials and the environmental implications of materials selection.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on timber for the recent refurbishment of the International Development building on 1 Palace Street. 
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much certified timber has been used in the recent refurbishment of the International Development building on 1 Palace Street; and what proportion of total timber purchased for this refurbishment this represents. 
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|Softwood carcassing timber||6,000m|
|Softwood plaster grounds||2,500m|
|Softwood timber battens||2,800m|
|Battens to protection||8,000m|
Of the above, around 98 per cent. was certified. The remainder represents a small number of hardwood doors, which we were required to use within the Grade II listed section of the building under the relevant planning regulations. These doors were obtained from existing stocks from managed forests.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much per year has been spent in euros at current exchange rates on overseas development assistance as defined by the DAC by (a) the EU and (b) the EU and the 15 member states, in each of the last five years. 
Hilary Benn: The latest available data on the EC and the member states' overseas development assistance (oda) are for 2000. The data show a slight increase in EU-wide ODA flows despite a gradual decline in the European Commission's ODA expenditure.
|EC||EC + member states|
|1996||ecu 5.7||ecu 19.9|
|1997||ecu 5.5||ecu 19.8|
|1998||ecu 5.4||ecu 19.8|
|1999||euro 5.2||euro 20.4|
|2000(4)||euro 4.5||euro 21.4|
OECD DAC online database.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2002, Official Report, column 515W, how many of the 28 prosecutions for tax credit fraud concerned tax credits obtained to the value of (a) less than £1,000, (b) £1,000 to £4,999, (c) £5,000 to £9,999 and (d) more than £10,000; and if he will give the same breakdown for the seven prosecutions which resulted in a custodial sentence. 
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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of applications for tax credits have been identified as high risk for fraud or non- compliance by the Inland Revenue since the inception of tax credits; and how many of the applications so identified turn out to be fraudulent or non-compliant. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 5 February 2002]: Since the introduction in October 1999 of working families tax credit (WFTC) and disabled person's tax credit (DPTC), 60,614 applications were identified as being appropriate for further investigation up to December 2001. This equates to around 1 per cent. of the total number of applications received for tax credits during the same period. From this number, 9,665 investigations proved instances of fraudulent/non-compliant activity.
Dawn Primarolo: The United Kingdom has a number of agreements with overseas authorities allowing the exchange of information relating to tax or social security matters. Where relevant, such information can be used to combat tax credit fraud.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2002, Official Report, column 515W, how many of the seven custodial sentences were for (a) less than six months, (b) six to 12 months and (c) more than 12 months; and what the length of the longest custodial sentence was. 
Dawn Primarolo: Of the seven custodial sentences: (a) three were for less than six months; (b) there were none between six and 12 months; and (c) the remaining four sentences were for over 12 months. The longest sentence was for two and a half years.
Ruth Kelly: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Office for National Statistics DEL will be increased by £495,000 from £197,350,000 to £197,845,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £6,540,000 from £184,631,000 to £191,171,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table.
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The increase in the resource element of the DEL is due to two factors. Firstly, there is a transfer of £6,000,000 from Capital DEL to Resource DEL so that ONS has the appropriate level of cover in the budget to meet this year's spending pressures.
Secondly, a transfer to ONS of £585,000 administration costs from the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit in relation to work to develop the Neighbourhood Statistics programme is partially offset by a transfer of £45,000 administration costs from ONS to the Department for Education and Skills in respect of data development work associated with the same programme.
The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from the £6,000,000 transfer to Resource DEL referred to above. It also includes a transfer of £45,000 capital from ONS to the Department for Education and Skills in respect of data development work associated with the Neighbourhood Statistics programme.
Mr. Boateng: The HM Customs and Excise DEL will be reduced by £30,000 from £1,128,571,000 to £1,128,541,000 and the administration costs limit reduced by £30,000 from £950,783,000 to £950,753,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table.
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Ruth Kelly: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary, HM Treasury's DEL will be increased by £3,020,000 from £244,845,000 to £247,865,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £1,000,000 from £106,689,000 to £107,689,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from the take up of administration costs EYF (£1,000,000) to meet the additional costs of the Treasury's planned programme of work, including set-up costs for the investment in the Troika insurance company and the funding of the PUK call-off contract; take up of programme costs EYF (£100,000) to meet the increased demand for UK coins; and a transfer of £80,000 programme expenditure from the OGC to the National Assembly for Wales for an e-pilot project the NAW is carrying out on behalf of the OGC.
The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from a further reclassification of programme expenditure EYF to capital provision (£2,000,000) for the service relating to the indemnity and insurance cover HM Treasury has offered to aviation companies in the wake of the events of 11 September. The cover is in the form of a loan note with the Troika Insurance Company Ltd.
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