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Tanzania

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she was informed of the application for an export licence for the sale of an air defence system to Tanzania. [39830]

Clare Short: The applications were first drawn to my attention in October 2001.

Afghanistan

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the level of funding for the Ministry of Women in Afghanistan. [39474]

Clare Short: I discussed the funding of the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs when I met Jim Wolfensohn, in Tokyo in January 2002. Since then, the US government has agreed to provide support to the Ministry of Women's Affairs in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

My Department are also in the process of finalising support to help establish the office of the Afghan Ministry for Women's Affairs in partnership with IOM.