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|Date||Country||Description||Total # million|
|September 2001||Zimbabwe||NGO feeding programme||4.0|
|Zimbabwe||WFP Emergency Appeal||3.5|
|Malawi||Targeted Inputs programme||3.75|
|JanuaryMay 2002||Malawi||NGO feeding programmes||4.4|
|Malawi||Winter Inputs programme||1.2|
|June 2002||Zimbabwe||WFP Regional Emergency Feeding Operation||7.0|
|Lesotho||WFP Regional Emergency Feeding Operation||1.56|
|Malawi||WFP Regional Emergency Feeding Operation||5.0|
|Swaziland||WFP Regional Emergency Feeding Operation||0.25|
|Zambia||WFP Regional Emergency Feeding Operation||5.0|
|Zambia||NGO food for work programme||1.02|
|Region||WFP logistical support in Johannesburg regional hub, Lesotho and Zimbabwe||0.51|
|Region||SADC vulnerability assessments to improve targeting||0.2|
|Region||IFRC Feeding HIV/AIDS affected people||2.5|
|Region||WHO regional health operation||0.13|
|Malawi||Targeted inputs programme||6.8|
|Zimbabwe||NGO agricultural inputs||5.0|
|Zimbabwe||WHO essential drugs and medicines||2.5|
|September 2002||Zimbabwe||NGO feeding programme||16.0|
|October 2002||Zambia||Agricultural recovery through NGO's and FAO||1.5|
|Zambia||Improved nutrition programme||1.2|
|Zambia||Support to the health sector||0.2|
|Region||OCHA Southern African Humanitarian Information Service||0.11|
|Region||Southern Africa Humanitarian Crisis Unit for monitoring and liaison||0.5|
|Lesotho||Livelihoods recovery through agriculture programme||1.0|
|Zimbabwe||Improved nutrition programme||1.1|
|Total since September 2001||Humanitarian assistance and recovery programmes||81.23|
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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has detailed contingency plans for delivering food to the people of Zimbabwe in the event of an emergency. 
Clare Short: The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is already an emergency to which my Department has been responding for over a year. To date we have committed more than #38 million for emergency food provision, health care, agricultural inputs, and monitoring. This has been successfully channelled through UN agencies and non-governmental partners.
We are working closely with the internationally mandated organisations to ensure that appropriate contingency plans are in place for a number of scenarios, including the displacement of people. In the event of deterioration in the situation, we will continue to work with agencies already operational on the ground, with the capability, capacity, and access to deliver assistance.
David Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 17 October regarding a constituent, ref: 517205. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 18 November 2002]: I regret that I am unable to trace this letter from the details given. If further information on the constituent's name and address could be forwarded to me, I will be happy to investigate the matter further.
David Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 16 September, regarding a constituent, ref: 19031/2. 
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Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with the inquiry conducted into NASS supervision of Landmark Co. in Liverpool; and what change he proposes to make in relation to NASS. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 18 November 2002]: The independent inquiry team has completed its investigation and I am expecting to receive the final report shortly. Until I have seen and considered the report I cannot say whether any changes will be made in relation to National Asylum Support Service (NASS).
Mr. Denham: The deployment of Nottinghamshire Police officers is a matter for the Chief Constable to determine. At the end of March 2002 Nottinghamshire Police had 2,330 police officers, 55 more than in March 2001. The force also had 1,087 civilian support staff at the end of March, 48 more than in March of last year.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what quality standards are in place for home-to-school transport; and what changes to these standards (a) have taken place and (b) are planned. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: LEA contracted home-to-school transport services are covered by Best Value, which was introduced in the Local Government Act 1999 as a means of securing greater value for money from local government services. Best Value is a statutory requirement for local authorities.
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school managers to help them set high quality standards when procuring and managing school transport contracts.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding mechanisms are available directly from his Department to (a) local authorities and (b) other education bodies for improving school transport in order to improve child truancy rates; and what the total amount paid from his Department was for improving school transport in each year since 1992; 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: We are currently conducting research into the causes of absence from school in order to fully understand the issues. We are not specifically looking at truancy in relation to home-to-school transport, as previous research has not shown there to be a link. There is no funding directly available for improving school transport in order to improve child truancy rates.
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Mr. Miliband: The pay of teaching assistants is a matter for local authorities and schools to determine. A consultative document XDeveloping the role of school support staff" was published on 22 October, and sets out plans for career routes and the creation of standards and training for a new higher level role for teaching assistants. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.
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