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Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list non- governmental organisations operating in the south-west region that receive public funds from her Department; and what amount of annual funding they received in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
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|Action on Disability and Development||422,908|
|Action for Conservation through Tourism||83,030|
|Development Education in Dorset||95,005|
|GLADE Global and Development Education||16,095|
|Gloucestershire Development Education Centre||105,333|
|Cornish Association for Development Education||4,875|
|Somerset Goes Global, county council||99,120|
|Gloucestershire county council||17,000|
|Gloucester Development Education Centre||31,674|
|Capita RAS||Recruitment consultants for Pillar IV of United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo||180,000|
|Open recruitment exercise for DFID||15,101|
|Capital Business Services||Ethiopia police development assistance programme||1,204,616|
|Capita Grosvenor Ltd.||Assistance with resource accounting and budgeting overview training||34,377|
|Efficiency scrutiny of accounts department||34,050|
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Angola, with particular respect to children; and if she will make a statement. 
Clare Short: The humanitarian consequences of the continuing conflict in Angola are appalling. The forced displacement of people by both sides continues, with children and other vulnerable groups bearing the brunt of the suffering. The death of Jonas Savimbi may provide a chance for the Government and UNITA to make a lasting peace and we urge both sides to respond to this opportunity. The UK has contributed £2.5 million in the last year to the humanitarian relief effort through UN agencies and NGOs, as well as our contribution through the EU.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people were employed in a press or public relations function in her Department on 1 January in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002. 
Clare Short: We currently employ four press officers, and this number of posts has remained the same since January 1997. We also have small teams working to raise awareness and understanding of international development issues through educational work, publications, policy forums and other related activities.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press releases were issued by her Department (a) between 1 May and 31 December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001 inclusive. 
(1) May to December
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with Ministers in the South African Government with regard to the HIV/AIDS situation in South Africa. 
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Clare Short: During my last visit to South Africa in October 2001, I met Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who heads the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to discuss the HIV/AIDS situation in South Africa. I also discussed the situation with former President Nelson Mandela.
Mrs. Roe: The Administration Committee recommended to Mr. Speaker that the House should give a lead to the country in promoting breast-feeding by allowing mothers to feed their babies wherever it is appropriate to them in the Palace of Westminster and associated buildings; that suitable, non-toilet facilities should be made available for feeding babies; and that staff should be provided with information in order that they can answer queries from breast-feeding mothers about available facilities.
On the Speaker's instructions the Serjeant at Arms has undertaken a comprehensive study with a view to improving the facilities that are available in the House for nursing mothers. The study has identified a number of improvements. I will ask the Administration Committee to examine these at its next meeting with a view to recommending early implementation.
Mr. Speaker has informed the Committee that, after undertaking broadly-based consultations within the House, he has decided to make no change to the current regulations under which breast-feeding is not permitted in the Chamber, in Committees or in the public galleries.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many days were added to the pay of the former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after 1 January. 
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Mr. Kirkwood: Details of pay for any individual employed by the House of Commons Commission are confidential. I refer the hon. Gentleman to my previous reply to him, 27 January 2002, Official Report, column 1277W.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on how and when the Commission first had the information that the former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards was not being paid for every day she was working. 
Mr. Kirkwood: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave him on 2 May 2001, Official Report, columns 64041W. The House as a good employer would always wish to ensure that work done is properly remunerated. Arrangements to reimburse the former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards were made administratively following claims submitted by her, as the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bell) informed the House on 13 February 2002, Official Report, column 267.
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