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Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 959W, what proportion of the funds in 200102 were supplied to United Kingdom (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) other bodies; and if she will list them. 
Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to monitor the effectiveness of voluntary corporate social responsibility strategies of United Kingdom companies which invest in developing countries. 
Clare Short: My Department supports a number of initiatives aimed at monitoring the impact of the corporate social responsible strategies of UK companies on developing countries. For example, in the retail sector, we have supported the work of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) since its establishment in 1998. The ETI is an alliance of 28 UK businesses (with a combined turnover of over £100 billion), NGOs and trade unions that work to improve labour conditions in the supply chains of the company members. The ETI is conducting research to assess the impact of its code of conduct on workers and suppliers, and the business case for adopting such codes.
DFID is also funding research on measuring the impact on poverty of companies' international investments and operations. This will include looking at both the direct impacts, such as welfare provision and training, and the indirect impacts, such as taxation payments to national Governments.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) full-time equivalents were employed by her press office and (b) secondees were placed in her press office in the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 200102; if she will list the campaigns that spent over £250,000; and if she will make a statement. 
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major consultation papers and speeches. Our publishing output continues to expand.
Clare Short: CDC's new investments since the beginning of 1999 are listed in the table, ranked by sector, size and country. Relevant information for 1997 and 1998 can be obtained only at disproportionate cost, owing to a change in CDC's portfolio accounting systems.
|Digicel||US$20 million||Telecoms and converging technologies||El Salvador||July 2002|
|Southern Cone Power Ltd.||US$70 million||Power||Peru, Chile, Argentina||March 2002|
|DVI, Inc.||US$25 million||Healthcare||Americas||March 2002|
|UTI Bank||26 per cent.||Financial institutions||India||December 2001|
|MediKredit||57 per cent.||Healthcare||South Africa||November 2001|
|NorthPole Ltd.||US$30 million||Consumer business||China||October 2001|
|Songas||US$18 million||Power||Tanzania||October 2001|
|MSI Cellular||US$40 million||Telecoms and converging technologies||Pan Africa||September 2001|
|Medscheme Ltd.||9 per cent.||Healthcare||South Africa||September 2001|
|Vancouver Airport Services||US$30.5 million||Transport||Americas||April 2001|
|Ace Power||US$2.7 million||Power||India||April 2001|
|Praxis Active Equity Fund II||US$8 million||Healthcare||South Africa||February 2001|
|Aquarius Platinum||US$12 million||Minerals, oil and gas||South Africa||January 2001|
|The Medicine Shoppe||US$1 million||Healthcare||India||January 2001|
|MRO-tek||US$1.12 million||Telecoms and converging technologies||India||December 2000|
|Prime Cure Clinics||12 per cent.||Healthcare||Africa||December 2000|
|Gateway Container||£12 million||Transport||Pan Asia||December 2000|
|Regal Forest||US$15 million||Consumer business||Central America||December 2000|
|Puerto Quetzal Power Project||25 per cent.||Power||Guatemala||October 2000|
|Corporacion Fischel SA||US$5 million||Healthcare||Costa Rica||September 2000|
|DFCU||35 per cent.||Financial institutions||Uganda||May 2000|
|Tsavo Power||US$19 million||Power||Kenya||May 2000|
|Konkola Copper Mines||US$30 million||Minerals, oil and gas||Zambia||April 2000|
|San Pedro de Macoris||US$25 million||Power||Dominican Republic||April 2000|
|Cineplex||US$4.9 million||Consumer business||Peru||March 2000|
|Compania Minera Colquiri (CMC)||US$10 million||Minerals, oil and gas||Bolivia||January 2000|
|China National Offshore Oil Company||US$25 million||Minerals, oil and gas||China||January 2000|
|Empresa Generadora de Electricidad||US$74 million||Power||Nicaragua||January 2000|
|SSB Bank||20 per cent.||Financial institutions||Ghana||December 1999|
|Satyam Infoway||US$12 million||Telecoms and converging technologies||India||December 1999|
|Guyana Power and Light||50 per cent.||Power||Guyana||October 1999|
|Orzunil de Electricidad Limitada||US$20 million||Power||Guatemala||September 1999|
|Kingdom Transport Ltd.||US$6.9 million||Transport||Ghana||September 1999|
|South Asia Gateway Terminals||US$42 million||Transport||Sri Lanka||August 1999|
|Ferrocarril Central del Peru||30 per cent.||Transport||Peru||July 1999|
|Protea Hospitality Corporation||40 per cent.||Property||Pan Africa||April 1999|
|African Lion Ltd.||US$8 million||Minerals, oil and gas||Pan Africa||February 1999|
|Kondapalli Power Corporation Ltd.||25 per cent.||Power||India||January 1999|
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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church of England has contributed to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation on hunting with dogs. 
Mr. Bell: The Church Commissioners have made no contribution to the current DEFRA consultation on hunting with dogs, but I understand that other bodies within the Church of England are looking at this issue from an ethical or theological point of view.
Mr. Bell: The Archbishops' Council, which in its role as Central Stipends Authority is responsible for these matters, publishes details of the stipends paid to clergy in its annual report to the Church of England's General Synod. The report for 2001 was published in January this year; a copy is available in the House of Commons Library.
The Archbishops' Council is in the course of considering the Department of Trade and Industry's discussion document on employment status in relation to statutory employment rights, published earlier this month.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what role (a) English Heritage and (b) the chancellors of each diocese have in approving schemes of work on church property; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bell: In general, work of substance may not be carried out to a parish church or certain other Church of England places of worship without a "faculty" or permission from the Chancellor of the ecclesiastical court of the diocese or, in some cases involving less significant changes, from the archdeacon. (Separate controls apply to cathedrals.) The faculty system is a legal system of controls which has been strengthened by recent legislation; it predates secular listed building controls, is broader in scope and also applies to unlisted buildings. Because it satisfied Government requirements for "ecclesiastical exemption", Church of England churches are not in general subject to listed building control, though they are not exempt from the need for planning permission where that applies.
It is for the court alone to decide whether to grant the faculty or permission, but with limited exceptions the Chancellor or archdeacon must seek the advice of the Diocesan Advisory Committee before doing so. Three members of that committee are appointed in consultation with English Heritage, with the National Amenity Societies and with Local Government associations.
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There is also statutory provision in the faculty jurisdiction system for consultation with a range of bodies, including English Heritage, in appropriate cases. Parishes contemplating changes to listed churches are in any case encouraged to seek its informal advice and that of the Amenity Societies as early as possible. English Heritage will need to approve any works for which it is providing grant aid, and must also be consulted where it has in the past made a grant to a particular church.
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