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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) bilateral, and (b) multilateral aid she will continue to provide to EU candidate countries after accession; how much aid will be given; to which countries; and through which bodies. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the level of food security is in (a) Mozambique, (b) Angola, (c) Zambia, (d) Zimbabwe, (e) Malawi and (f) Swaziland; and if she will make a statement. 
Clare Short: National Early Warning Units have estimated cereal requirements in all these countries, except Angola, for the marketing year April 2002 to March 2003. The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided estimates on import progress to 21 October 2002. National figures are detailed in the table.
|Domestic cereal gap April 2002 to March 2003||Commercial and Government imports||Food aid delivered||Remaining cereal gap at 21 October 2002|
Additional planned imports and pledged food aid will reduce the cereal gap further, but timing of these deliveries remains uncertain. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is beginning a further series of vulnerability assessments, which will provide revised figures for humanitarian assistance needs to the end of March 2003. These assessments will be available in mid-December. WFP's emergency operation for the southern Africa humanitarian crisis is now 50 per cent. funded, ensuring that its food pipeline to the most vulnerable populations is secure at least until the end of 2002. We continue to press other donors to respond effectively to the crisis, so that the food aid pipeline can be sustained until the next harvest in April 2003.
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The humanitarian situation in Angola is also very serious. Since the ceasefire, aid agencies have been able to reach many thousands more severely malnourished people, and WFP's caseload is expected to reach at least 1.9 million people by the end of the year. WFP's maize stocks for Angola are expected to run out in December unless donors act quickly to replenish the food pipeline. We are working closely with other donors and implementing partners to develop a consensus view on future needs in Angola, and remain at the forefront of diplomatic and political efforts to ensure that adequate levels of humanitarian assistance continue to be delivered.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what is being done to build food distribution networks in (a) Malawi, (b) Mozambique, (c) Zimbabwe, (d) Zambia, (e) Lesotho and (f) Swaziland. 
Clare Short: WFP has a major role in the regional humanitarian assistance effort. In addition to supporting food procurement, transport and in-country distribution costs within our #18.25 million support for the new regional appeal, DFID has funded logistical experts in the WFP regional office in Johannesburg, and in Zimbabwe and Lesotho national offices to strengthen capacity to plan and manage supply and transport issues.
DFID is active in each country to promote effective co-ordination between international, bilateral and non-governmental organisations to tackle operational constraints. Jointly with other donors, we have urged SADC and regional governments to reduce regulatory and administrative obstacles to food supply for humanitarian and private sector actors alike.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many contracts her Department has had with the Adam Smith Institute over the last three years; and if she will break them down by (a) subject and (b) value. 
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|Project title||Value (#)||Country|
|Support for capacity building in the Ministry of Finance and Central bank||1,229,655||Afghanistan|
|Trade training for DFID staff(Bangkok||32,328||United Kingdom|
|Trade training for DFID staff||20,075||United Kingdom|
|Consultants for Standards, Technical Regulatory Barriers Programme||43,990||Global(2)|
|Pilot training and capacity building in international waterhouse law||131,174||Kyrgyz Republic|
|Trade enabling agreement||(1) 0||Global(2)|
|Communications film for Department of Disinvestments||89,500||India|
|Support for public sector undertaking reforms and social safety net in Madhya Pradesh||80,000||India|
|PSRC: water privatisation and regulatory study tour||54,924||Tanzania|
|Conference on Disinvestment||70,000||India|
|Russia trade policy project||1,199,041||Russia|
|Lead adviser to Parastatal Sector Reform Commission (PSRC)||195,690||Tanzania|
|Seminar on Export Credits and Developing Countries||101,035||United Kingdom|
|Rehabilitation of cyclone damaged lift irrigation points in Orissa||622,736||India|
|Initial support to the budgetary processes of the Government of Macedonia||13,630||Macedonia|
|Medium term programme of Capacity Building for Public Utilities Regulatory Commission||636,900||Ghana|
|UK-Ireland privatisation and regulation study tour||11,145||Tanzania|
|Additional support to the Privatisation Board||106,241||Bangladesh|
|Assistance to the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department||1,482,776||West Bank and Gaza|
|Technical assistance for public enterprise reform in Orissa||2,061,365||India|
|Privatisation Agency support project consultancy||308,470||Zimbabwe|
(1) This is an enabling agreement only, which allows small contracts for individual pieces of work to be set up as and when required. It therefore has no overall commitment.
(2) Non Project specific
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts regarding the distribution of the EU overseas aid package. 
I discussed the performance of the EC development programmes with EU Development Ministers at the 30 May Development Council. We agreed that recent reforms had been welcome but that further significant improvement was needed to implement the agreed, poverty-focused Development Policy adopted by Ministers in November 2000. Since then the Development council has been abolished. I will meet EU Development Ministers again at the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) on 1819 November.
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(2) how many people are employed by the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland; 
(3) what the funding is for financial year 200203 of the Northern Ireland arm of the Assets Recovery Agency.