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Ms Hewitt: Last week I wrote to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions highlighting the work that his Department has carried out in ensuring that pension reforms had improved women's rights.
I also asked my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to ensure that his officials continue to liaise with officials from the Women and Equality Unit so that they can remain informed of the progress on pensions reforms as they affect women and that the development and implementation of pensions policy is analysed by gender so that potential benefits for women can be identified.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Office in each of the last four years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. 
The Prime Minister: Equipment should be leased when it offers better value for money than direct purchase bearing in mind the products whole life costs and quality to meet (but not exceed) the requirement. These costs include maintenance, running and disposal costs, not simply initial costs.
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The Prime Minister: In his capacity as the Prime Minister's envoy, Lord Levy meets a range of contacts, including Ministers of foreign Governments. In the last six months, Lord Levy has discussed the Middle East peace process with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, the Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority Minister for Planning and International Co-operation Nabil Sha'ath, King Abdullah of Jordan, Former
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Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Illah Khatib, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Moroccan foreign Minister Mohammed Benaissa, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi, and Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Bin Yahia.
The Nigerian Government is well aware of the Government's concerns over the sentence of death by stoning passed on Safiyatu Hussaini. We have made our concerns over the case known at a number of levels within the Nigerian federal system.
Ms Hussaini's case is currently before Sokoto State Sharia Court of Appeal, which has said it will give its decision on the appeal on 25 March. If the sentence is confirmed, there is scope for further appeals thereafter. Ms Hussaini is supported by a strong legal team and the Nigerian Human Rights Commission.
The Prime Minister: The Government's policy agenda focuses on sustaining a strong economy and making improvements in productivity and enterprise, continuing welfare reform and increasing social justice, driving through public service reform particularly in education,
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Mr. Beith: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the names of the unpaid advisers appointed by him since June 1997, stating in each case (a) the date of their appointment, (b) the duration of their appointment and (c) the project or projects on which they have been engaged. 
Nick Lovegrove, Partner at McKinsey's;
Penny Hughes, formerly President of Coca Cola Great Britain and Ireland, currently non-executive director of Vodafone plc and Trinity Mirror plc;
Adair Turner, Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Prime Minister what response he has made to representations on the Government's support for Rehabilitation International's Charter for the Third Millennium, presented to him on 5 July 2000 and the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Charter's call for a UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People; and if he will (a) publish the response in the Official Report and (b) place copies in the Library. 
I welcomed Rehabilitation International's Charter for the Third Millennium in July 2000. In doing so, I said that I believed that it would form the basis of a global consensus on priorities for at least the next decade. This absolutely remains the Government's view.
At the UN General Assembly in November a resolution calling for an international convention on disability, as envisaged in the charter, was adopted. The resolution has now established an ad hoc committee to consider proposals for an international convention on the rights and dignities of disabled people. It is likely that the committee will meet this summer. We will want to work closely with other on the committee to ensure that the convention is clearly focused and its aims and objectives are consistent with member states' national interests and responsibilities.
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We also await the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Social Development for Disability, Mr. Bengt Lindquist, who is monitoring the implementation of the UN Standard Rules as well as looking at the question of an international convention. The Government support the activities of the Special Rapporteur and have contributed £20,000 to further his important work.
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