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23. Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Angola. 
Clare Short: The humanitarian situation in Angola has deteriorated further over the last 12 months. The humanitarian suffering as a result of the internal conflict has been huge and millions of people are living in life-threatening conditions. NGOs are providing some basic services, but their capacity is heavily over-stretched.
I hope that the recent peace agreement between the Government and UNITA will lead to an early improvement in the humanitarian situation in Angola. Some benefits are already apparent. Aid agencies have been able to use roads which have been unsafe for many years to get food to the needy. Easier access to the worst affected areas could dramatically ease the humanitarian crisis facing the country.
I recently visited Luanda and discussed the humanitarian situation with the Government and the need to follow up the peace agreement with urgent measures to assist all displaced people, and to help them return to their homes as rapidly as possible.
26. Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has recently given to Somalia. 
Clare Short: My Department continues to provide humanitarian assistance to Somalia in response to International Agency appeals and in support of NGO initiatives. We have provided over £3 million of assistance in the past year.
The pursuit of a lasting peace agreement in Somalia remains a priority. We, with the international community, continue to support regional and national efforts to promote dialogue and political reconciliation in Somalia.
27. Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what effect the Monterrey talks will have on reducing poverty in Cameroon. 
Clare Short: The Monterrey meeting did not discuss the situation in specific. Whether Cameroon will benefit from the extra development assistance pledged at Monterrey will depend on the degree to which the Government of Cameroon implements a strong poverty reduction strategy.
29. Ms Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to help older people living in developing countries. 
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Clare Short: My Department's aim is the elimination of poverty in poorer countries. Older people are often among the poorest.
We adopt a rights-based approach. We seek to ensure that poor people are consulted on policies and decisions that affect them and use participatory methods to understand people's perception of their rights and the obstacles they face in accessing entitlements.
We are supporting the African Union's leadership in promoting and guiding national policies on aging in their membership, working to strengthen Government and civil society capacity for addressing aging issues, and assisted the policy development process in the preparations for the Second World Assembly on Aging earlier this month.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects in the West Bank and Gaza have received financial support from her Department during the last five years. 
Clare Short: The following table lists the projects funded since 1997, the start date, and the total allocation.
|Birzeit Food Quality Control Unit||425,872|
|Group Guaranteed Lending||1,820,000|
|Assistance to the Education Sector||3,225,700|
|Primary Health Care||950,000|
|Gender and Law||1,628,128|
|VAT Audit Training||102,000|
|Southern Area Water Appraisal||45,000|
|Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy||775,000|
|Rural Water Schemes Appraisal||110,000|
|Legal Sector AssistancePhase 2||70,252|
|Health Management Strengthening||3,600,000|
|Bethlehem 2000 Doha Sewerage||1,400,000|
|Save the Children Fund Water and Sanitation ProjectDura||1,678,092|
|Save the Children Fund Water and Sanitation ProjectJabalia||908,905|
|Save the Children Fund Water and Sanitation ProjectAnabta||1,610,859|
|Unification and Development of Legislation||775,000|
|Assistance to the Negotiations Affairs Department||4,200,000|
|Tele-Cardiology (Peres Centre)||850,000|
|Sustainable Management of West Bank and Gaza Aquifers||1,971,308|
|Hebron Water Access and Storage||513,572|
|Economy and Trade Policy Development||495,057|
|Save the Children Fund Water and Sanitation ProjectRafah||2,013,836|
|Legislative Council Library||353,700|
|Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees Women's Health||987,000|
|Public Administration Institutional Development||1,900,000|
|Primary Health Care ManagementPhase 2||1,550,000|
|Participatory Poverty Assessment||500,000|
|Utilisation of Census Data||700,000|
|Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees Emergency Response||520,000|
|World Bank Employment Generation Programme||1,500,000|
|OXFAM Humanitarian Grant||34,000|
|Mental Health and Trauma Counselling||450,000|
|World Food Programme Appeal||500,000|
|Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Grant||300,000|
|Child Health Development||1,215,000|
|World Bank NGO ProjectPhase 2||4,500,000|
|Reducing the Impact of Violence on Palestinian Children||517,000|
|Palestinian Hydrology GroupWater Sector Grant||250,000|
|Economic Policy ProgrammePhase 3||1,015,000|
|Hebron Water Access and StoragePhase 2||5,000,000|
|World Bank Emergency Services Support Programme (March)||5,000,000|
|Centre for European Policy Studies' Middle East and Euro-Med Research Programme||135,500|
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Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects in the west bank and Gaza have received financial support from the European Union during the last five years. 
Clare Short: The European Commission (EC) has compiled a table of its assistance provided to the Palestinians since 1994. I will place a copy in the House of Commons Library. The UK contributes 19 per cent. of the EC budget.
Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about bushmeat. 
Clare Short: DFID staff meet regularly with DEFRA staff for Inter-Departmental Conservation Co-Ordination meetings. They have not held formal discussions about bushmeat.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Government of South Africa regarding the New Partnership for Africa's Development. 
Clare Short: On 4 April, I held discussions in Johannesburg with Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, President Mbeki's Economic Adviser, who chairs the Steering Committee of the New Partnership for African Development. I also gave a speech titled "Can Africa Halve Poverty by 2015?the challenge for NEPAD" to which Professor Nkuhlu replied.
Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information she has received on how the European Union budget line B76211 on the fight against poverty diseases is to be spent. 
Clare Short: The 2002 European Community budget includes euro 25.2 million for budget line B76211 (HIV/AIDS Policies and Programmes). Euro 20 million is intended to support specific projects with a focus on programmes targeting HIV prevention in youth. Euro 5.2 million will support a number of specific initiatives including the Barcelona HIV/AIDS conference,
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the Asia-Pacific Leadership Forum and the AIDS Vaccine Preparedness Project (with International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the World bank).
The Commission have tabled a draft regulation to cover the diseases of poverty (HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis) which sets out how it is proposed to spend the funds in budget line B76211 in 200306. This draft regulation is currently under consideration and is being discussed by UK officials with other member states.
Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much expenditure has been committed for this year of budget line B76211 (fight against poverty diseases) in the European Union; and what the projected spending under this budget is for this financial year. 
Clare Short: Allocations for budget line B76211 (Aid for poverty-related diseases) for 2002 are:
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